The University of Massachusetts Amherst
University of Massachusetts Amherst

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Research Area: Robotics and Mechatronics

In the Robotics and Mechatronics group, we use studies of human motion and motor control to guide our research in making robots more useful and natural for people to physically interact with. Research topics span physical human-robot interaction, prosthetic and exoskeleton design and control, new sensing platforms, and mechatronic system architecture design.

Research Laboratories

Human Robot Systems (HRS) Laboratory

The Human Robot Systems (HRS) Laboratory is part of the Department of Mechanical and Industrial Engineering at the University of Massachusetts Amherst.

Our mission is to advance how humans and robots learn to guide the physical interactive behavior of one another. To achieve this, our research aims to:

(1) develop new methods of describing human motor behavior that are compatible for robot control,
(2) understand and improve how humans learn models of robot behavior, and
(2) develop robot controllers that are compatible for human-robot physical collaboration.

This highly interdisciplinary research lies at the intersection of robotics, dynamics, controls, human neuroscience, and biomechanics.

Mechatronics and Robotics Research Laboratory

In the MRRL our research focuses on developing human-centered robotic technologies for augmenting human gait and balance and exploring physical human-machine interfaces. The 1000 sq. ft. of lab space is dedicated to the fabrication and evaluation of physically interactive mechatronic systems.