R’mani Haulcy

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Electrical Engineering and Computer Science

PhD Candidate, First Year

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Hometown

Chicago, Illinois

Undergraduate institution

Yale University

What sparked your interest in your current field, and what do you love about it?

When I visited Yale for the first time, I went on a tour of the engineering buildings on campus and I saw the senior projects that the Electrical Engineering majors had created. The robots immediately sparked my interest and that’s how I chose my major. I’ve been studying Electrical Engineering ever since.

Personal research summary

In the past, I participated in an NSF-sponsored Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) at the University of Arizona. I worked with a partner to create a velocity-based, car-following controller intended for use in stop-and-go traffic situations to damp traffic waves and tests were run on the University of Arizona’s Cognitive Autonomous Test (CAT) vehicle. I will be continuing my research with self-driving cars and traffic instabilities in MIT’s CSAIL lab and will be focusing on using bilateral control to suppress traffic instabilities.

Personal interests

I love music and am a classically trained clarinetist and self-taught pianist and guitarist. I also enjoy reading, playing video games and engaging in outdoor activities such as hiking and skiing (I’m no expert). I also love going to the beach and relaxing by the water. The beach is one of my favorite places.