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.



Banu Abdikadirova was awarded a Dean's Fellowship from the College of Engineering at UMass. Congratulations!

Meghan Huber was quoted in a Forbes article on Walmart ending its contract with a developer of robots to track inventory in its store aisles. Click here to read!

Giuseppe Averta, Franco Angelini, Meghan Huber Jongwoo Lee, and Manolo Garabini are organizing a workshop at the 2020 IEEE/RSJ International Conference on Intelligent Robots and Systems (IROS) titled "Learning impedance modulation for physical interaction: Insights from humans and advances in robotics". Find out more at here!