Ratan Othayoth

I am a fifth year Ph.D candidate in JHU’s Department of Mechanical Engineering. I received my B.Tech. degree in Mechanical Engineering degree from NIT Calicut, India, where I graduated at the top of my class. After a brief stint developing robotics teaching software, I began graduate school at Hopkins. My interdisciplinary research at the intersection of biology, physics, and robotics is aimed towards understanding how animals robustly transition between different locomotor modes in complex 3-D terrain and how robots should too. My research has been published in journals including PNAS, Proceedings of the Royal Society B, and eLife.


Here is a brief write-up on my major research project and my CV.


Here is a recent talk I gave at the LCSR Graduate Seminar that reviews the general principles discovered from our lab’s recent research, which are illustrated using my study as an example.


See my publications at Google Scholar.

Email me at [email protected]

Follow me on twitter @RatanOthayoth

See the interactive visualizations for potential energy landscapes on GitHub @othayoth.