Noah J. Cowan


Primary Appointment: Mechanical Engineering

Research Interests

  • Navigation and control in biological systems
  • Animal biomechanics and multisensory control
  • Robotic systems, dynamics, and control
  • System identification of rhythmic systems
  • Medical robotics

Professor Noah Cowan received a BS degree from the Ohio State University, Columbus, in 1995, and MS and PhD degrees from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, in 1997 and 2001 – all in electrical engineering. Following his PhD, he was a Postdoctoral Fellow in Integrative Biology at the University of California, Berkeley for 2 years. In 2003, he joined the Mechanical Engineering department at Johns Hopkins University,  where he is now an Associate Professor. Professor Cowan’s research interests include mechanics and multisensory control in animals and machines. Professor Cowan received the NSF PECASE award in 2010, the James S. McDonnell Foundation Scholar Award in Complex Systems in 2012, and the William H. Huggins Award for excellence in teaching in 2004.


Affiliations: Director the the LIMBS Lab; Deputy Directory of the Laboratory for Computational Sensing and Robotics
Secondary Appointments: Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, Computer Science, Neuroscience


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