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 Robot and Machine Designs

Most Recent Publications

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Price, M., Huber, M. E., & Hoogkamer, W. (2023). Minimum effort simulations of split-belt treadmill walking exploit asymmetry to reduce metabolic energy expenditure. Journal of Neurophysiology, 129(4), 900-913.
Abdikadirova, B., Price, M., Jaramillo, J. M., Hoogkamer, W., & Huber, M. E. (2023, May). Bilateral asymmetric hip stiffness applied by a robotic hip exoskeleton elicits kinematic and kinetic adaptation. In 2023 IEEE International Conference on Robotics and Automation (ICRA) (pp. 10457-10463). IEEE.
West Jr, A. M., Huber, M. E., & Hogan, N. (2022). Role of path information in visual perception of joint stiffness. PLOS Computational Biology, 18(11), e1010729.
Price, M., Abdikadirova, B., Locurto, D., Jaramillo, J. M., Cline, N., Hoogkamer, W., & Huber, M. E. (2022, October). Unilateral stiffness modulation with a robotic hip exoskeleton elicits adaptation during gait. In 2022 IEEE/RSJ International Conference on Intelligent Robots and Systems (IROS) (pp. 12275-12281). 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.

Current Lab Members

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Meghan E. Huber
Assistant Professor, MIE
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Mark Price
Postdoctoral Researcher, MIE and Kinesiology
Banu Abdikadirova
PhD Candidate, MIE
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Emily Pruc
PhD Candidate, CICS
Mohamed Abdel-Maksoud
Undergraduate Student, MIE
Michael Camara
Undergraduate Student, MIE
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Dasha Trosteanetchi
Undergraduate Student, MIE
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Soumya Vadicharla
Undergraduate Student, BME