Biomimetics and Dextrous Manipulation Lab


About Me

I am currently working on combining vision and touch for Reachbot, and after graduation I am interested in entrepreneurial robotics pursuits.

Previously, I worked on Tactile Sensing for a gripper using fiber Bragg gratings, tactile sensing for a gripper with Spines, and capacitive tactile sensing for an Oculus project. I took time off from the Ph.D. to work as an AI software engineer at Letterdrop, a Program Manager at, and a Product Manager at Everyday Robots, an X company. I am maintaining research notes here JuliaDiBlog. My Stanford academic page can be found here

Fun Facts

  • I did my undergraduate in Electrical Engineering at Columbia University.
  • Proudly first gen American
  • Also am an artist and published writer who's interested in intersection of art, tech, and robotics.
  • It's been a dream of mine to work on a public art installation and submit an art paper to SIGGRAPH.


Nathan, E., Balachandran, K., Cappuccio, P., Di, J., Doerksen, K., Gloder, A., Li, M., Massarweh, L., Peev, T., Santra, S., Rovira-Navarro, M., Limonchik, D. "A Multi-Lander New Frontiers Mission Concept Study for Enceladus: SILENUS," 2022 Frontiers in Astronomy and Space Sciences, 2022. pp. 246

Frishman, S.1, Di, J.1, Karachiwalla, Z., Black, R. J., Moslehi, K., Smith, T., Coltin, B., Moslehi, B., and Cutkosky, M. R. "A Multi-Axis FBG-Based Tactile Sensor for Gripping in Space," 2021 IEEE/RSJ International Conference on Intelligent Robots and Systems (IROS), 2021, pp. 1794-1799, doi: 10.1109/IROS51168.2021.9635998.

1 denotes equal contribution

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