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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  • Our students received ME awards!

    This was a great week! Three of our students who are graduating this semester received recognition for their achievements in their program: Zijian Song received the Mechanical Engineering’s Gold Gear Award for his stellar GPA of 3.9! Congratulations Zijian! Shaojie Wang received two awards! He received the Mechanical Engineering’s Silver Gear Award for his academic…

  • Lab receives new funding!

    Our lab received funding from the Center for Smart Use of Technologies to Assess Real World Outcomes (C-STAR) to develop a low-cost device for at-home assessment of movements following a stroke.

  • The lab website is live!

    Welcome to the Raz Lab!