Sr. Research Scientist
Joshua Proctor has a Ph.D. in Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering from Princeton, as well as a Bachelor of Science in Aeronautics and Astronautics Engineering, and a Bachelor of Arts in English Literature, both from the University of Washington, Seattle. His doctoral research was on the effects of neural feedback on rapidly running insects (cockroaches), and focused heavily on developing mathematical models that would describe the locomotion of the subjects all the way from the neural level to their body-environment interactions. These studies were then translated into robotic designs as a way to improve the control of legged robots. As a member of IDM’s research team, Joshua focuses on mathematical model and numerical algorithm development, namely the mathematical modeling of disease transmission as well as ways to potentially arrest the spread of disease through control interventions, such as vaccination campaigns.