Brenna Argall is an Associate Professor of Electrical Engineering & Computer Science, Mechanical Engineering and Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation at Northwestern University. She is founder and director of the assistive & rehabilitation robotics laboratory (argallab) at the Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago (RIC, now the Shirley Ryan AbilityLab), the premier rehabilitation hospital in the United States. The mission of the argallab is to advance human ability through robotics autonomy. Argall is a 2016 recipient of the NSF CAREER award, and was named one of the 40 under 40 by Crain’s Chicago Business.

Prior to joining Northwestern and RIC, Argall was a postdoctoral fellow (2009-2011) with Prof. Aude Billard in the
Learning Algorithms and Systems Laboratory at the École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL) in Switzerland. Her Ph.D. in Robotics (2009) was co-advised by Prof. Manuela Veloso and Dr. Brett Browning at the Robotics Institute at Carnegie Mellon University, where she was affiliated with the CORAL Research Group. She has lived in Doha, Qatar (2007), while assistant-teaching at Carnegie Mellon's Qatar Campus, and in Brisbane, Australia (2008), while a research intern within the Autonomous Systems Laboratory at CSIRO. Her M.S. in Robotics (2006), and B.S. in Mathematics (2002), along with minors in Music and Biology, also were received from Carnegie Mellon. Prior to graduate school, she held a Computational Biology position in the Laboratory of Brain and Cognition, at the National Institutes of Health (NIH).

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