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The University of Massachusetts Amherst

Banu Abdikadirova

PhD Candidate, MIE
Graduate Researcher, Human Robot Systems Lab
Graduate Student


Banu is currently a graduate student in the Department of Mechanical and Industrial Engineering at University of Massachusetts Amherst and a member of the Human Robot Systems Laboratory (HRSL). In the lab, she is investigating the human response to various interventions applied by wearable robotic devices and a robotic split-belt treadmill. In particular, she is studying if such interventions evoke long-lasting neural changes or if changes in observed behavior are solely due to the response of peripheral neuromechanics. Apart from that, she is also working on validating the experimental results by simulating interventions using existing locomotion models.  

She received her B.S degree in Mechanical Engineering from Nazarbayev University, Kazakhstan in 2020, where she was a member of Advanced Robotics and Mechatronics Systems (ARMS) Laboratory. 

Outside of the lab, Banu enjoys indoor climbing.  

Recent Publications

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.
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.
Abdikadirova, B., Lee, J., Hogan, N., & Huber, M. E. Muscle-reflex model of human locomotion entrains to mechanical perturbations. In 2021 IEEE/RSJ International Conference on Intelligent Robots and Systems (IROS) (pp. 7544-7549). IEEE.

Contact Information

ELab Room 102