Nathan O. Lambert

I am a second year Ph.D. student at the University of California, Berkeley, Deparment of Electrical Engineering and Computer Sciences. I have the pleasure of being advised by Professor Kristofer Pister.

I completed my undergraduate education at Cornell University's College of Engineering in 2017. While there, I worked with the Lab of Plasma Studies and SonicMEMs Lab .

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I'm interested in the intersection of machine learning and control, with applications to experimental robotics. With Kris, I am working on direct synthesis of robot controllers with model-based reinformcent learning where we do not need any past system knowledge.

Low Level Control of a Quadrotor with Deep Model-Based Reinforcement Learning
Nathan Lambert, Daniel Drew, Joseph Yaconelli, Roberto Calandra, Sergey Levine, Kristofer Pister
(Preprint), 2018

We used deep model-based reinforcement learning to have a quadrotor learn to hover from less than 7 minutes of all experimental training data. No system knowledge was needed for thise experiment, reading raw sensor values and commading motor PWMs.

Toward Controlled Flight of the Ionocraft: A Flying Microrobot Using Electrohydrodynamic Thrust With Onboard Sensing and No Moving Parts
Daniel Drew, Nathan Lambert, Craig Schindler, Kris Pister
IEEE Robotics and Automation Letters (RA-L), 2018

A collection of steps towards controlled flight of The Ionocraft, a completely silent microrobot with ion thrust!

Enhanced Lithium Niobate Pyroelectric Ionizer for Chip-Scale Ion Mobility-Based Gas Sensing
K.B. Vinayakumar, Ved Gund, Nathan Lambert, S Lodha, Amit Lal
IEEE Sensors, 2016

We used a pyroelectric crystal to cause dielectric breakdown events in the air, which can be used for chip scale ion based gas sesning.


Teaching Assistant - ECE 3250: Mathematics of Signal and System Analysis.
Lectures / Instructor

Grader - ECE 4320: Integrated Micro-Sensors and Actuators.


I had the pleasure of rowing for Cornell's Varisty Lightweight Crew for four years after walking on, we had some success. At Berkeley, I coached the lightweight rowing team for a year. I am shifting to triathlons & continuing competition - for the endurance training folk you can find my strava here .

Otherwise, my personal interests are generally in nuitrition, training, math, robot ethics, and more. I follow Tesla fairly closely after spending a summer there. Graduate school has been an emergence of reading books for me, and my current recommended list in no particualr order is: Godel Escher Bach, An Eternal Golden Braid; Shoe Dog; A Brief History of Time; Tribe; Deep Nuitrition

(this guy makes a nice wesbite)