Phone Number
Email Address
Heiser 207
Heiser E172C
Office / Division / Concentration
Computer Science


Postdoc, Computational Physiology, University of California, Irvine
Ph.D., Computer Science & Engineering, University of South Florida
B.S., Computer Engineering, Tufts University

Interests: Biologically Informed Robotics, Computational Physiology

Professor Eaton became fascinated by the role of morphology in control while developing her doctoral dissertation on biologically informed robotic control algorithms. During a postdoctoral research fellowship in muscle physiology at the University of California, Irvine, she came to appreciate that robots and machine learning can be used to support the study of animal life, just as animal physiology can support the design of more capable robotic systems. Professor Eaton loves collaborating with biologists to design embedded systems and physics-based simulations as testbeds for physiological hypotheses, and uses principles of animal physiology to design more agile, energy efficient robots. When computer scientists and biologists collaborate, everybody wins! Undergraduates interested in building robots, modeling animal locomotion, 3D printing, machine learning, microcontrollers, or tinkering of any kind are encouraged to drop by Prof Eaton’s office hours to discuss research opportunities and tutorials. You’ll make her day.

Recent Courses

Machine Learning for Visual Thinkers
Robot Kinematics & Learning Embedded Systems
Intermediate Python: Simulation & Game Design
Computer Architecture

Recent News

The Squishy Side of Robots

Selected Publications

  • Eaton, CE, T Ramdhoni**, and RS Karp**. “Exploring structural control of stiffness in synthetic tendon.” 22nd International Conference on Climbing and Walking Robots and Support Technologies for Mobile Machines (CLAWAR), August 2019.
  • Reynaga, CM, CE Eaton, GA Strong**, and E Azizi. “Compliant substrates disrupt elastic energy storage in jumping tree frogs.” Integrative and Comparative Biology 59 (6), 1535-1545, December 2019.
  • Azizi, E, AR Deslauriers, NC Holt, and CE Eaton. “Resistance to radial expansion limits muscle strain and work.” Biomechanics and Modeling in Mechanobiology, 16 (5), 1633-1643, April 2017. Palmer, LR, and CE Eaton. “Periodic spring-mass running over uneven terrain through feedforward control of landing conditions.” Bioinspiration & Biomimetics, 9 (3), 036018, August 2014.