R’mani Haulcy




Electrical Engineering and Computer Science

PhD Candidate, First Year



Chicago, Illinois

Undergraduate institution

Yale University

What sparked your interest in your current field, and what do you love about it?

When I visited Yale for the first time, I went on a tour of the engineering buildings on campus and I saw the senior projects that the Electrical Engineering majors had created. The robots immediately sparked my interest and that’s how I chose my major. I’ve been studying Electrical Engineering ever since.

Personal research summary

In the past, I participated in an NSF-sponsored Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) at the University of Arizona. I worked with a partner to create a velocity-based, car-following controller intended for use in stop-and-go traffic situations to damp traffic waves and tests were run on the University of Arizona’s Cognitive Autonomous Test (CAT) vehicle. I will be continuing my research with self-driving cars and traffic instabilities in MIT’s CSAIL lab and will be focusing on using bilateral control to suppress traffic instabilities.

Personal interests

I love music and am a classically trained clarinetist and self-taught pianist and guitarist. I also enjoy reading, playing video games and engaging in outdoor activities such as hiking and skiing (I’m no expert). I also love going to the beach and relaxing by the water. The beach is one of my favorite places.