Violet Mwaffo headshot
Research Associate • Chancellor Postdoctoral Fellow • Robotics and Systems Design

Office Location: ECME 134
Lab Location: ECME 1B66C

Research Interests

Data-driven modeling of complex live and engineered systems, analysis and control of networked dynamical systems, autonomous collective systems and robotics, machine learning, deep learning, artificial intelligence

My research is in the areas of dynamics and controls, with a developed expertise in bio-inspired systems and robotics. My goal is to contribute to the very foundation of complex time-varying networked dynamical systems, pave the way for bio-inspired engineering systems, and aid in the development of distributed sensor networks, autonomous swarm robotics, and artificial intelligent systems. I aspire also to expand my theoretical and experimental work along interdisciplinary and data-driven themes, addressing our fundamental understanding of noisy, large-scale, heterogeneous, and complex systems.

Societal Impact

Through our research, we contribute to the development of autonomous multi-agent systems for use in search and rescue missions, toxic waste cleaning, environmental monitoring and protection, package delivery, defense and outreach activities.

Selected Publications and Accomplishments

  • Mwaffo V, Butail S, Porfiri M. In-silico experiments of zebrafish behaviour: modeling swimming in three dimensions. Scientific reports. 2017 Jan 10;7:39877.
  • Mwaffo V, Korneyeva V, Porfiri M. simUfish: An Interactive Application to Teach K-12 Students About Zebrafish Behavior. Zebrafish. 2017 Oct 1;14(5):477-88. (available on Google Play‎)
  • Phamduy P, Vazquez MA, Kim C, Mwaffo V, Rizzo A, Porfiri M. Design and characterization of a miniature free-swimming robotic fish based on multi-material 3D printing. International Journal of Intelligent Robotics and Applications. 2017 Jun 1;1(2):209-23.
  • Mwaffo V, DeLellis P, Porfiri M. Criteria for stochastic pinning control of networks of chaotic maps. Chaos: An Interdisciplinary Journal of Nonlinear Science. 2014 Mar;24(1):013101.