As an engineer who is interested in mathematics and biology, Usama is passionate about studying animal locomotion and biomechanics, particularly how animals adjust their posture and body movements for better control and stability. The motivation comes from the fact that throughout the course of evolution, nature has come up with several very intricate and subtle ways to solve the problem of survival of life on this planet. The idea is to learn from nature by discovering these ways and then to apply similar ideas to robotics in order to make our robots more efficient and agile.
Usama completed his Master’s degree in Electrical and Computer Engineering as a Fulbright scholar from Georgia Tech in 2016, and Bachelor’s degree from LUMS in 2012. At Agile Systems Lab at Georgia Tech, Usama studied the flight stability of three species of hawkmoths: Manduca sexta, Deilephila elpenor and Macroglossum stellatarum. Before going for Master’s, he worked at CYPHYNETS Lab at LUMS on the sonar tracking of Indus River dolphins where he also mathematically modeled the swimming behavior of Bottlenose dolphins.
- U. B. Sikandar and A. Muhammad. “Modeling and Simulation of Surface-and-dive Behavior of a Bottlenose Dolphin.”, IEEE ROBIO 2013.
- Fulbright Scholarship, 2014
- Agile Systems Lab, Georgia Institute of Technology.
- CYPHYNETS Lab, Lahore University of Management Sciences.