Melissa joined the Perception and Action Lab as an M.S./Ph.D student in the Fall of 2010. Currently, she is interested in how people travel across complex terrains that are characteristic of natural environments. In particular, she is investigating how the feet and legs are controlled while stepping over obstacles on the ground in a way that maintains precision and efficiency. This is a non-trivial task for the perceptual system, considering that visual information is not continuously available when stepping over an obstacle.

In addition, Melissa is working on a project that considers how humans perceive and interact with other moving objects that are traveling through the world.

Both of these projects pertain to Melissa’s broader research interests: how humans achieve coordinated action by integrating the various sources of information available about the world and using adaptive strategies of control.