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.



“Applying Hip Stiffness with an Exoskeleton to Compensate Gait Kinematics” by Jongwoo Lee, Meghan Huber, and Neville Hogan is now available in IEEE Transactions on Neural Systems and Rehabilitation Engineering. Click here to read!

Pauline Maurice, Meghan Huber, Claudia Latella, Serena Ivaldi, and Arash Ajoudani are organizing a workshop at the 2022 IEEE International Conference on Robotics and Automation (ICRA) titled "4th Workshop on Integrating Multidisciplinary Approaches to Advance Physical Human-Robot Interaction: Challenges of Interfacing Wearable Robots with the Human Neuromotor System". Find out more at here!

Meghan Huber and Wouter Hoogkamer received a Collaborative Research Seed Grant from UMass ADVANCE for their proposal "Portable, robotic footwear to actively modulate foot-ground stiffness in real-time". Click here to read more!