About us

We are a highly interdisciplinary group that seeks to bridge the fields of robotics, neuroscience, and biomechanics. Our research in robotics and human movements are tightly intertwined. We take the latest theories in sensorimotor neuroscience and biomechanics to develop human-like controllers for robots. We also use theories from robotics and control to uncover human motor intelligence.

Current projects

Human-aware control of robots

Our robotic research is deeply informed by the latest findings in the fields of computational sensorimotor neuroscience and musculoskeletal biomechanics. We use mathematical models that represent the “human dynamics”  in the control algorithms to build human-aware robotic systems.

Holistic modeling of human movements

Reciprocal to our robotic research, our work in human motor control is deeply informed by the latest theories in robotics and control. We seek to study the human sensorimotor control systems with a control-theoretic approach and represent the movement dynamics with mathematical formalism.

Precision robotic rehabilitation

Our work in rehabilitation engineering brings the robotic and human movement fields together to improve the quality of life after a stroke. We develop rehab robots that take advantage of the mathematical models of human movement to customize and optimize the exercises for the specific needs of an individual.

See the Research page to learn more.

Lab news

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  • Aeden received two awards!

    May was a great month for Aeden. He received not one, but two awards from the College of Engineering, Informatics, and Applied Sciences. He first received the Professional Development Award and, a couple of weeks later, the Fred and Edith Ohlinger Scholarship! Way to go Aeden!

  • Braulio presented at UGRADS 2024

    Braulio Gonzalez, our undergraduate researcher, presented his work at the NAU Undergraduate Symposium (UGRADS) in April 2024. Braulio is developing a low-cost handheld robot for at-home movement assessment and rehabilitation following a stroke. His work is partially supported by the Office of Undergraduate Research and Creative Activity at NAU. Good job, Braulio!

  • The VR Robotic team won the 2nd place award in E-Fest!

    The Capstone team VR Robotic presented their work at the E-Fest and were selected by the faculty judges to receive the 2nd-place award! Kudos to the team!

  • Reza presented Raz Lab’s research to MSU

    Reza was invited by Dr. Taebi to give a virtual talk at Mississippi State University with approximately 60 attendees. The talk is now available on Taebi Lab’s YouTube channel. Thank you Amirtaha for the great session!