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.
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!
Meghan Huber, Jongwoo Lee, Vibha Agarwal, Haley Warren, and Neville Hogan will present "Overground gait patterns changed by modulating hip stiffness with a robotic exoskeleton" at BioRob 2020 in New York City this November.