Ram Vasudevan is an assistant research professor in UMTRI's Engineering Systems group and an assistant professor at the University of Michigan in the Department of Mechanical Engineering. He received his PhD in electrical engineering 2012 from the University of California, Berkeley and worked subsequently as a postdoctoral associate at MIT until 2014 before joining the University of Michigan in 2015. His research focuses on the development and application of novel data-driven optimization and systems theory to quantify and improve human and robot interaction with one another and the environment. This includes work related to the design and control of semi-autonomous systems, personalized diagnostic and rehabilitative systems, and optimization and systems theory. His work is supported by the National Science Foundation, Ford, and the Mobility Transformation Center.