Director


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H. Harry Asada    Ford Professor of Engineering

Administrative Contact


Yvette Lai  Administrative Assistant. email: yvettel@mit.edu

 

Research Staff


204db50Min-Cheol Kim  Research Scientist

B.S. in Mathematics, Univ. of Seoul; Ph.D. in  Mechanical Engineering,  SNU (2005)
Research Topic: Cancer cell invasion dynamics in a  3D extracellular matrix network
Research Interests: Computational model of cell mechanics, Mechanobiology, Microfluidic models for angiogenesis and metastatic cancer
email: mincheol@mit.edu

Graduate Students


Hyeonyu Kim Ph.D. Candidate

B.S. in Mechanical Engineering, KAIST (2012), M.S. in Mechanical Engineering, MIT (2014)

Research Topic: Effect of Co-stimulation on the performance of 3D artificial muscle tissue

Research Interests: Bioengineering, Tissue Engineering. email: hyeonyu@mit.edu

Daniel J. Gonzalez Ph.D. Candidate

S.M. in Mechanical Engineering, MIT (2016), S.B. in Engineering (Concentration in Controls, Instrumentation and Robotics), MIT (2014)

PhD Research Topic: Extra Robotic Legs for Augmenting Human Payload and Positioning Capabilities

SM Research Topic: Triple Scissor Extender Lifting and Positioning Robot for Autonomous Aircraft Manufacturing

Research Interests: Design of Autonomous Robot Systems, Human Augmentation via Extra Robotic Limbs, Machine and Mechanism Design

Email: dgonz{at}mit{dot}edu

Jacob Guggenheim   Ph.D. Candidate

B.S. in Bioengineering, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign (2014), M.S. in Mechanical Engineering, MIT (2016)

PhD Research Topic: Unique Feedback Mechanisms from Wearable Robotics

MS Research Topic: Selection, Micromanipulation, and Assays of Single Cells

Research Interests: Automation of biology, intersection of robotics/computer science/biology

email: jguggenh@mit.edu

Rachel Hoffman    Ph.D. Candidate

B.S. in Mechanical Engineering, University of Florida, (2015), M.S. in Mechanical Engineering, MIT (2017)

Research Topic: Design and control of wearable robots focusing on enhancing capabilities of disabled persons

Research Interests: Robotics, Design, Assistive Medical Devices

email: rachelmh@mit.edu

Demo Page

Phillip Daniel   Ph.D. Candidate

S.M. in Mechanical Engineering, MIT (2015), S.B. in Engineering, MIT (2013)

Ph.D. Research Topic: Extra Robotic Arms for Enhancing Technicians in Manufacturing Settings

S.M. Research Topic: The Design of a Self-Propelled Flexible Hull Undersea Vehicle

Research Interests:  Design of Intelligent Robot Systems, Human Augmentation via Extra Robotic Limbs, Machine and Mechanism Design

Email: docphil{at}mit{dot}edu

Filippos E. Sotiropoulos Ph.D. Student

S.M in Mechanical Engineering, MIT (2018),

MEng in Mechanical Engineering, University of Bristol (2016)

Research Topic: Design and control of autonomous excavation machines for mining applications.

Research Interests: Robotics, Control, Computer vision, Data driven control, Big data

Email: fes{at}mit{dot}edu

Nicholas S. Selby Ph.D. Candidate

M.S. in Mechanical Engineering, MIT (2018)
B.S. in Mechanical Engineering, Georgia Tech (2016)

Research Topic: TeachBot Education System for Workforce Development

Email: nselby{at}mit{dot}edu

Abbas Shikari   Ph.D. Student

M.S. in Chemical Engineering from UC Berkeley (2015), B.S. in Chemical Engineering from University of Rochester (2014)

Research Topic: Stacking Parallel Robots for Confined Space Inspection

Research Interests: Robot Design and Control

Email: ashikari{at}mit{dot}edu

Katie Hahm   M.S. Student

B.S. in Mechanical Engineering, Stanford University (2017)

Research Topic: Coming Soon!

Research Interests: biomimetics, robotics, haptics, design

Email: khahm{at}mit{dot}edu

Zoë Lemon   M.S. Student

B.S. in Physics, University of Missouri-Kansas City (2017)

Research Topic: Extra Robotic Fingers

Research Interests: Robotics, Controls, Design

Email: lemonz{at}mit{dot}edu

Jerry Ng   M.S. Student

B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from UC San Diego (2017)

Research Topic: Design and control of robot to teach humans robotics

Research Interests: Robotics, Controls, Human-robot interaction

Email: jerryng{at}mit{dot}edu

Tongxi Yan   M.S. Student

B.S. in Mechanical Engineering, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (2017)

Research Topic: Coming Soon!

Research Interests: robotics, controls, design

Email: tyan{at}mit{dot}edu

Ryan Sandzimier   M.S. Student

B.S. in Mechanical Engineering, University of California, Los Angeles (2015)

Research Topic: Autonomous excavators

Research Interests: Robotics and controls

Email: rsandz{at}mit{dot}edu

Visiting Engineers


Haruhiko Eto

B.S. in Physics, Kyushu University (2009); M.S. in Physics, Kyushu University (2012)
Research Topic: Design and control of cooperative task assisting equipment for enhancing factory worker’s capabilities
Research Interests: Robotic systems, Human augmentation,  Human-Robot collaboration
Email: etoh{at}mit{dot}edu

 

Seiichi Teshigawara

Ph.D. in  Mechanical Engineering,  UEC (2012)
Research Topic: coming soon
Research Interests: Robotic systems, mechanisms and sensing
Email: seiichi{at}mit{dot}edu

 

 Undergraduate Researchers


Claire Traweek

Mechanical Engineering B.S. Candidate
Research Topic: TeachBot Education System for Workforce Development
Research Mentor: Nicholas S. Selby

Lab Alumni


Yuta Kamoshita

B.S. in Mechanical Engineering, Tokyo Institute of Technology (2006); M.S. in Mechanical Engineering, Tokyo Institute of Technology (2008)

Research Topic: Design and control of autonomous mining equipment

IMG_1573Daniel Kurek, M.S.

B.S. in Mechanical Engineering, UCLA, (2015), M.S. in Mechanical Engineering, MIT (2016)
Research Topic: Design and control of wearable robots focusing on enhancing and supporting people in manufacturing settings
Research Interests: Robotics, Controls, Design
email: dkurek@mit.edu

2015-04-22 19.29.36Nicholas Hensel, M.S.

B.S. in Mechanical Engineering, B.S. in Electrical Engineering, Rochester Institute of Technology (2014), M.S. in Mechanical Engineering, MIT (2016)
Research Topic: Design and control of wearable robots for enhanced upper-body manipulation and control capabilities
Research Interests: Robotic systems, cooperative manipulation with human body, automatic task recognition
email: nchensel@mit.edu

New%20Image2Faye Wu, Ph.D.

B.S. in Mechanical Engineering, MIT (2009); M.S.  in Mechanical Engineering, MIT (2012), PhD in Mechanical Engineering, MIT (2017)
Research Topic: Design and control of wearable   robots for enhancing human capabilities
Research Interests: Robotics, Medical Devices,  Design
email: yfwu@mit.edu

2015-02-09 13.03.30Michaëlle N Mayalu, Ph.D.

B.S. in Mechanical Engineering, MIT (2010); M.S.  in Mechanical Engineering, MIT (2012), PhD in Mechanical Engineering, MIT (2017)
Research Topic: Control Theoretic Approaches to Modeling and Simulation of Bi0molecular and Biophysical Mechanisms
Research Interests: BioRobotics,Control and Dynamical systems theory and its application to multi-agent nonlinear  bi0molecular networks and multi-cellular systems
email: mmayalu@mit.edu

headshotshareSampriti Bhattacharyya, Ph.D.

B.Tech in Electrical Engineering from St. Thomas College of Engineering -Kolkata, India (2009), MS in Aerospace Engineering at The Ohio State University (2012). PhD in Mechanical Engineering, MIT (2017). Previously associated with Fermilab working on engineering for high energy physics experiment and worked as an intern on flight controls at NASA Ames.
PhD research: Motion of underwater vehicles on submerged surfaces (Ground Effect Hydrodynamics)
Research interests: Design and control of Underwater Autonomous Vehicles, Underwater communications, Data Driven System Modeling, Stochastic Systems
email:sampriti@mit.edu

Alexandre Girard, Ph.D. 

B.Ing. in Mechanical Engineering, Université de Sherbrooke (2010),
M.Sc.A. in Mechanical Engineering, Université de Sherbrooke (2013), PhD in Mechanical Engineering, MIT (2017)
Research Topic: Actuator technologies, robotic systems, control and planning algorithms, automation of manufacturing operations for the aerospace industry. 

Jun Maruyama, M.S. Research Topic: Station Information Service Project.

Kosuke Takeuchi, M.S. Research Topic: Mechanical Design and Control, Wearable Robots for Assisting Manufacturing Tasks

Zack Bright, M.S. Research Topic: Shoulder Mounted Supernumerary Robotic Limbs and interfaces for human augmentation in manufacturing

Federico Parietti, Ph.D. Research Topic: Wearable robots for human  augmentation. Design and control of man-machine interfaces that expand the skills of the human user

Vincent Chan, Ph.D.

James Torres, Ph.D. Research Topic: the use of PZT actuators and  mechanical strain amplification mechanisms for  practical applications.

Chengyuan Yan, M.S. Research Topic: Guidance, navigation and  control of robots in public spaces.

Baldin Llorens – Bonilla, M.S. Research Topic: Control and Coordination of Wearable Robots, Human – Machine Interfacing.

Lluis Enric Penalver-Aguila, M.S. Research Topic: the development of lightweight and efficient actuators through the combination and form factor optimization of PZT powered, rolling contact buckling actuators.