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I am an Associate Professor of Mathematics at The Cooper Union and a Guest Researcher at the National Institute of Standards and Technology. I run miliLab: a lab focused on projects that combine mathematics with engineering. Currently, the lab is designing, building, and evaluating different robotic and vision based systems which include exoskeletons, robotic arms, and motion tracking systems. I received my PhD from the Computational and Applied Mathematics Department at Rice University.

My contact information:

Mili Shah
Department of Mathematics
The Cooper Union
41 Cooper Square, Rm 311
New York, NY 10003
mili@cooper.edu

research
I run miliLab - a lab focused on designing, building, and evaluating different robotic and vision based systems which include exoskeletons, robotic arms, and motion tracking systems. This work is done in collaboration with the National Institute of Standards and Technology and involves calibration and registration problems which have applications in many fields including manufacturing and health care.

My background is in numerical linear algebra and therefore love matrix factorization problems. For my PhD, I developed a symmetry preserving singular value decomposition, which is a matrix factorization that gives the best symmetric low rank approximation to a set of data. This decomposition has applications in molecular dynamics and face detection.

Selected publications are listed below. A full list of my publications can be found on Google Scholar.

selected publications
programs
  • miliLab: I founded this research group at Cooper to work with students on projects that apply mathematical techniques to engineering problems. Currently, the lab is focused on designing, building, and evaluating different robotic and vision based systems which include exoskeletons, robotic arms, and motion tracking systems.
  • Autonomy Lab at Cooper: I am a faculty member of this cross-disciplinary center focused on the development of integrated sustainable solutions that reimagine our cities and systems.
  • CPaMS Scholars: I was the Principal Investigator on a National Science Foundation (NSF) S-STEM grant that provided academically talented low-income students scholarships to study in the computer science, physics, and mathematics statistics (CPaMS) departments at Loyola University Maryland.
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