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Amy Blank

As of 4/22/13, I am now a postdoc at Rice University in the MAHI lab. New website coming soon!

Formerly, I was a postdoctoral researcher in the Laboratory for Computational Sensing and Robotics (LCSR) at the Johns Hopkins University. I recently completed my Ph.D., advised by Professors Louis Whitcomb and Allison Okamura. Then I continued work in the LCSR as a postdoctoral researcher, working with Professors Louis Whitcomb and Peter Kazanzides.


Ph.D. Mechanical Engineering, Johns Hopkins University, 2012
M.S.E. Mechanical Engineering, Johns Hopkins University, 2008
B.S. Mechanical Engineering, Pennsylvania State University, 2006
B.S. Electrical Engineering, Pennsylvania State University, 2006


I am interested in theory and application for design, modeling, and control of robotic manipulators and human-robot interaction. Specific areas of interest include biologically inspired robotic sensing and control strategies, variable-impedance robot control, upper-limb prosthetics, and user feedback for prosthesis control and teleoperation.

My Ph.D. research addressed issues in the design and control of prosthetic limbs. In this research, I explored the role of variable limb impedance and the potential benefits of enabling the prosthesis wearer to directly modulate this impedance. I also studied the role of proprioception in targeted motion control to motivate and inform the design of user feedback systems for prosthetic limbs.



Intersession 2011: 530.455 - Practical Statistics for Analysis of Human Subject Data for Engineers



A. Blank, "Proprioceptive Motion Feedback and User-Selectable Impedance for Improved Upper-Limb Prosthesis Control," Dissertation, Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, MD, 2012.

Journal Papers

A. Blank, A. M. Okamura, and K. J. Kuchenbecker, "Identifying the Role of Proprioception in Upper-Limb Prosthesis Control: Studies on Targeted Motion," ACM Transactions on Applied Perception, 7(3):15, 2010. [PDF]

Conference Publications

A. Blank, A. M. Okamura, and L. L. Whitcomb. "User Comprehension of Task Performance with Varying Impedance in a Virtual Prosthetic Arm: A Pilot Study," In IEEE International Conference on Biomedical Robotics and Biomechatronics, pp. 500-507, 2012. [PDF]

A. Blank, A. M. Okamura, and L. L. Whitcomb. "Task-Dependent Impedance Improves User Performance with a Virtual Prosthetic Arm," In IEEE International Conference on Robotics and Automation, pp. 2235-2242, 2011. [PDF]

A. Blank, A. M. Okamura, and K. J. Kuchenbecker, "Effects of Proprioceptive Motion Feedback on Sighted and Non-Sighted Control of a Virtual Hand Prosthesis," 16th Symposium on Haptic Interfaces for Virtual Environment and Teleoperator Systems, pp. 141-142, 2008. [PDF]

Undergraduate Honors Thesis

A. Blank, "Localization and Navigation for Mobile Nodes in a Distributed Sensor Network," undergraduate honors thesis, The Pennsylvania State University, University Park, PA, 2006.

Awards and Honors


Curriculum Vitae

My CV as a [PDF].

Contact Information

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