Human Robot Systems Lab

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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 hardware and controllers to enhance human-robot physical interaction.

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

Current Lab Members

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Meghan E. Huber
Assistant Professor, MIE
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Mark Price
Postdoctoral Researcher, MIE and Kinesiology
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Banu Abdikadirova
PhD Candidate, MIE
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Tanner Oliveira
PhD Candidate, MIE
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Emily Pruc
PhD Candidate, CICS
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Dominic Locurto
Masters Student, MIE
Gabriel Nadelstein
Masters Student, MIE
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Kyle O'Connell
Masters Student, MIE
Robert Bennett
Undergraduate Student, MIE
Johnathan Czernik
Undergraduate Student, MIE
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Savannah Macero
Undergraduate Student, MIE
Liam Neal Reilly
Undergraduate Student, CICS
Millan Taranto
Millan Taranto
Undergraduate Student, MIE
Dasha Trosteanetchi
Undergraduate Student, MIE
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Kadri Williams
Undergraduate Student, MIE

Most Recent Publications

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West, Jr., A. M., Huber, M. E., & Hogan, N. (Accepted). Role of path information in visual perception of joint stiffness. PLoS Computational Biology.
Price, M., Abdikadirova, B., Locurto, D., Moreno Jaramillo, J., Cline, N., Hoogkamer, W., & Huber, M. E. (2022, October). Unilateral stiffness modulation with a robotic hip exoskeleton elicits adaptation during gait. To appear in IEEE/RSJ International Conference on Intelligent Robots and Systems (IROS). IEEE.
Lee, J., Huber, M.E., & Hogan, N. (2022). Gait entrainment to torque pulses from a hip exoskeleton robot. IEEE Transactions on Neural Systems and Rehabilitation Engineering, 30: 656-667.
West Jr., A.M., Hermus, J., Huber, M.E., Maurice, P., Sternad, D., & Hogan, N. (2022) Dynamic primitives limit human force regulation during motion. IEEE Robotics and Automation Letters, 7(2):2391-2398.
Lee, J., Huber, M. E., & Hogan, N. (2021). Applying hip stiffness with an exoskeleton to compensate gait kinematics. IEEE Transactions on Neural Systems and Rehabilitation Engineering, 29, 2645-2654.