Graduate Students

Kerron Duncan   (


Kerron is a power systems engineer at Northrop Grumman Electronics System Sector. He received his bachelor’s degree and master’s degree in electrical engineering from Morgan State University and is currently pursuing a Ph.D. at Johns Hopkins University. Kerron has over 13 years of experience in simulation, analysis and design of power systems for air and ground RADAR. His background includes: electromagnetic simulations of power distribution and RF structures of varying scale, integrated circuit design of high speed/low power devices and implantable antenna design for applications such as neuroprosthesis and bio-telemetry.

Adam Khalifa    (

Adam2Adam received the B.S and MPhil degrees in Electronic and Computer Engineering from Hong Kong University of Science and Technology in 2011 and 2013, respectively. His research interests include low power analog and mixed-signal CMOS circuit design for neural interfaces, wireless power transfer systems, microfabricated electrodes and packaging of implantable systems. Supervised by Prof. Ralph Etienne-Cummings, he is currently working toward the Ph.D. degree at Johns Hopkins University, where he is conducting research on miniaturized implantable devices for neural stimulation and recording.

John Rattray (

JohnJohn graduated from the University of Maryland, Baltimore County (UMBC), as a Meyerhoff Scholar, in 2015 with a B.S. in Computer Engineering. He received an M.S.E in Electrical and Computer Engineering in 2017 from The Johns Hopkins University and is currently pursuing a Ph.D. under the supervision of Prof. Ralph Etienne-Cummings. His areas of research are centered around both human visual saliency and low power wearable computing. He is currently preforming research developing a wearable multi – sensor network for the qualitative and quantitative analysis of patients who have undergone traumatic brain injuries as well as developing low power nano-scale imagers for in-vivo  fluorescence imaging.

Uejima Takeshi (

Takeshi graduated from the University of Tokyo and received master’s degree in Precision Engineering in 2009. He has 8 years of research and engineering experiment at Ministry of Defense, Japan. He is currently pursuing a Ph.D. at the Computational and Sensory-Motor Laboratory of The Johns Hopkins University. His research interests include neuromorphic computing and improving artificial intelligence by understanding biological nervous system. He is currently working on visual saliency detection.

Adam Cellon (

Adam received a B.S.E. in Electrical Engineering with certificates in Neuroscience and Robotics from Princeton University in 2017. He is pursuing a Ph.D. at The Johns Hopkins University, supervised by Prof. Ralph Etienne-Cummings. His research interests focus on computational systems neuroscience, neuromorphic sensory processing, and robotics control systems. His current research seeks to develop a biologically plausible simultaneous localization and mapping (SLAM) algorithm based on mammalian hippocampal navigation.

Hyungmu Lee (

Hyungmu Lee received the B.S. degree in electronics engineering from Konkuk University, Seoul, South Korea, in 2015 and M.S. degree in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering from the Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore in 2018. His research interests include Neuromorphic Engineering related to the neural network as hardware support for artificial intelligence, Control Systems, and Radar Systems related to detecting and tracking flying objects. He is currently working on developing an Integrate and Fire Array Transceiver(IFAT) with FPGAs to perform Brain Computer Interfaces and Neuroprostheses tasks.

Elena Mancinelli (

Elena received the BS degree in Biomedical Engineering from Polytechnic of Turin in 2016 after a six months’ internship at LISiN bioengineering center (Turin,Italy).She is currently pursuing a master degree in Biomedical Engineering at Polytechnic of Turin, specializing in the study of electronic biomedical instrumentation.
She is a visiting researcher at The Johns Hopkins University under the supervision of Prof. Ralph Etienne-Cummings. Her research is focused on human visual saliency with the purpose of predicting and simulating how and where visual attention is directed if stimulated by a natural scene. She is preforming research integrating previous studies focused on features extraction and proto objects creation, with tridimensional perception led by stereo vision and based on the creation of a depth disparity map.

Fabio Marcuccio (

Fabio received the bachelor’s degree in Biomedical Engineering from Polytechnic of Turin in 2016 and he’s pursuing the Master degree in Biomedical Engineering. He worked as an intern on hardware solution analysis to reduce motion artifact during surface EMG acquisition in dynamic condition at LISiN (Laboratory of Engineering of Neuromuscular System), Turin. In 2017 he studied Information Technology and Bionics at Peter Pazmany Catholic University, Budapest. He’s actually working at Johns Hopkins University under the supervision of Prof. Ralph Etienne-Cummings for his final master project. He’s currently performing research developing a tracking system for mice to support medical researchers in a quantitative social behavioral analysis.

Duncan Parke (

Duncan is a high school junior, enrolled in both Baltimore Polytechnic Institute and Johns Hopkins University. He is currently working independently through Hopkins in the Computational Sensor-Motor Systems laboratory by  invitation of Dr. Ralph Etienne-Cummings. Duncan’s research interests include signal analysis, large data analysis, and compressed sensing. He is currently working on biomedical signal analysis, implementing a continuous neural network-based cardiac arrhythmia algorithm on hardware (FPGAs) for real-time signal analysis.

Patrick Huie (

Patrick is pursuing a B.S. in Computer Engineering from the Johns Hopkins University. He has conducted research in mirror neurons and Computational Neuroscience at Harvard Medical School, and is an author on protein folding research in the field of Computational Biology. Currently, he is working with sEMGs and piezoelectrics to develop a device to continuously decode finger positions.

Richard Stevens (

Richard is a high school senior at Friends School of Baltimore who is interning in the Computational Sensory Motor-Systems Lab at the invitation of Dr. Ralph Etienne-Cummings and with the mentorship of PhD student John Rattray. He is currently working on implementing convolution on an FPGA (Field-Programmable Gate Array) for use in other lab projects that involve image processing. Areas of academic interest include computational neuroscience, information science, and artificial intelligence, in particular, deep learning and computer vision. Richard will enroll as a freshman at Johns Hopkins University in Fall 2018 with a possible major in computer engineering.


Tao Xiong (2017), now at JPMorgan Chase & Co.

Jamal Molin (2017), now at DoD

Martina Leistner (2016), now at CorTec

Jie (Jack) Zhang (2016), now at MIT

Xiaoyu Guo (2014), now at Apple

Kevin Mazurek (2013), now at University of Rochester

Andre Harrison (2012), now at U.S. Army Research Lab

Garrick Orchard (2012), now at Singapore Institute for Neurotechnology

Alex Russell (2012)

Timothy Advani (2012)

Christian Brändli (2010), now at Institute of Neuroinformatics

Kartikeya Murari (2010), now at University of Calgary

Shane Woolwine (2010), now at BrainScope Company Incorporated

Fopefolu Folowosele (2010), now at McKinsey & Company

Srinjoy Mitra (2010), now at IMEC

Helen Schwerdt (2009), now at Arizona State University

Ndubuisi Ekekwe (2009), now at Analog Devices Inc.

Ralf Philipp (2008)

Clyde Clarke (2008), now at Johns Hopkins University

Francesco Tenore (2008), now at JHU Applied Physics Laboratory

Jacob Vogelstein (2008), now at JHU Applied Physics Laboratory

Mike Chi (2007), now at University of California, San Diego

David Orr (2007), now at APL

Swati Mehta (2006), now at Canesta

Viktor Gruev (2005), now at Washington University, St Louis

Matt Clapp (2005), now at Agere

Katherine Tsai (2005), now at Stanford

Udayan Mallik (2004), now at NASA

Zi Rong Xu MSEE (2001), now at Temple University School of Medicine.

Mark Nesky MSEE (2001), now at EVI Technology.

Viswabharath Reddy MSEE (2001), now at Analog Devices.