Andrew S. Whitford

Postdoctoral Fellow
Robotics Institute
School of Computer Science
Carnegie Mellon University
Center for the Neural Basis of Cognition


I am a postdoctoral fellow in the Robotics Institute of the School of Computer Science at Carnegie Mellon University. I am also affiliated with the Center for the Neural Basis of Cognition.

At Carnegie Mellon, I am fortunate to have Professor Jessica Hodgins as my supervisor and mentor. Currently, our primary project — with the Center for Machine Learning and Health aims to develop technology that will improve the delivery of physical therapy and movement rehabilitation healthcare. More generally, we share a mutual interest in movement control and behavior.

Previously, I was a part of the Schwartz Lab at the University of Pittsburgh, where we studied the neuroscience of human movement. We sought to apply what we learned to the development of medical technologies. In particular, our work on direct interfaces between computers and the brain featured prominently in both the scientific literature and popular media — such as the New York Times and CBS' 60 Minutes.

Broadly speaking, my research interests involve the use of mathematical and computational methods to understand, predict, and supplement human behavior. I aim to participate in research at the intersection of human and artificial intelligence. I have a strong interest in high-impact health and technology applications.