Brenna Argall, PhD

Visiting Fellow | Wyss Center Researchers

Brenna Argall joined the Wyss Center in December 2018 as a Visiting Fellow. She will work alongside the Wyss Center team for a period of twelve months in the area of human-robot interactions.

Dr. Argall is an associate professor of Mechanical Engineering, Computer Science and Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation at Northwestern University. Her research lies at the intersection of robotics autonomy, machine learning and human rehabilitation. She is director of the assistive & rehabilitation robotics laboratory (argallab) at the Shirley Ryan AbilityLab (formerly the Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago), the premier rehabilitation hospital in the United States. The mission of the argallab is to advance human ability by leveraging robotics autonomy.


Dr. Argall is a 2016 recipient of the NSF CAREER award, and was named one of the 40 under 40 by Crain’s Chicago Business. Her Ph.D. in Robotics (2009) was received from the Robotics Institute at Carnegie Mellon University. Her B.S. in Mathematics (2002) also was received from Carnegie Mellon, where she minored in Music and Biological Sciences. Prior to joining Northwestern, she was a postdoctoral fellow (2009-2011) at the École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL). Prior to graduate school she held a Computational Biology position in the Laboratory of Brain & Cognition at the National Institutes of Health (NIH).

Read more about Brenna in her Brain Awareness Week interview.