Robotics Faculty & Labs

Core Robotics Faculty

Faculty/Info 
Research Interests
Laboratory
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Jake Abbott
Professor
Mechanical Engineering 
Education: Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering, Johns Hopkins University, 2005
Office: 2016 MEK
E-mail:  jake.abbott@utah.edu
Phone: 801.585.6672
Google Scholar Citations
  • Magnetic manipulation
  • Medical robotics
  • Haptics and telemanipulation

Location: 2156 MEK
(Ph: 801.581.3129)
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Edoardo Battaglia
Assistant Professor
Mechanical Engineering 
Education: Ph.D. in Information Engineering, University of Pisa, 2018
Office: 2016 MEK
edoardo.battaglia@utah.edu
Google Scholar Citations 
  • Haptics
  • Grasping and Manipulation
  • Wearable sensing
  • User studies
  • Human-centered robot design
  • Human-robot interaction

Location: TBD
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Daniel Drew
Assistant Professor
Electrical & Computer Engineering 
Education: Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering, UC Berkeley, 2018
Office: 2260 MEB
E-mail: daniel.drew@utah.edu
Phone: 801.581.6490
Google Scholar Citations 
  • Insect-scale robots
  • Swarm robotics
  • Novel microactuators
  • Human-robot interaction
Drew Research Lab (DRL)
(Ph: 801.581.6490)
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Jacob George
Assistant Professor
Electrical & Computer Engineering, Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation
Education: Ph.D. in Biomedical Engineering, University of Utah, 2020
Office: 2125B Craig H. Neilsen Rehabilitation Hospital
E-mail: jake.george@utah.edu
Google Scholar Citations 
  • Brain-computer interfaces
  • Rehabilitation robotics
  • Neural engineering
  • Bioinspired artificial intelligence
  • Intelligent prostheses and exoskeletons
NeuroRobotics Lab
Location: LL140 Craig H. Neilsen Rehabilitation Hospital
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Thomas C. Henderson
Professor
School of Computing
Office: WEB 2871
Phone: 801.581.3601
E-mail: tch@cs.utah.edu 
Education: Ph.D. in Computer Science, University of Texas at Austin, 1979
Google Scholar Citations
  • Computer vision
  • Autonomous robots
  • Smart sensor networks
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Omega_Infinity lab: WEB 2673
Tucker Hermans
Associate Professor
School of Computing
Office: MEB 2164
Phone: 801.581.8122
E-mail: thermans@cs.utah.edu 
Education: Ph.D. in Robotics, Georgia Institute of Technology, 2014
Google Scholar Citations
  • Robot learning
  • Robotic manipulation
  • Computer and robot vision
  • Robot perception
Learning Lab for Manipulation Autonomy (The LL4MA Lab)
Location: MEB 2160
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John Hollerbach (UURC Director)
Professor
School of Computing
Office: MEB 2196A
Phone: 801.585.6978
E-mail: jmh@cs.utah.edu
Education: Ph.D. in Computer Science, MIT, 1978
Google Scholar Citations
  • Robotics
  • Virtual environments
  • Human motor control
Hollerbach Lab
Location: 2196 MEB
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David E. Johnson
Associate Lecturer
School of Computing
Office: MEB 3190J
E-mail: dejohnso@cs.utah.edu
Education: Ph.D. in Computer Science, University of Utah, 2005
Google Scholar Citations
  • Geometric modeling and application in haptics
  • Computer-aided modeling
  • Robotics
  • Human-computer interfaces
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Alan Kuntz
Assistant Professor
School of Computing
Education: Ph.D. in Computer Science, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Office: MEB 2162
E-mail: adk@cs.utah.edu
Google Scholar Citations 
  • Shared autonomy
  • Motion planning
  • Design optimization of manipulators and tentacle-like, flexible robots
  • Health care applications


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Kam K. Leang
Professor
Mechanical Engineering
Education: Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering, University of Washington, December 2004
Office: 1018 MEK
E-mail: kam.k.leang@utah.edu
Phone: 801.581.3450
Google Scholar Citations
  • Dynamic systems
  • Estimation, planning, and control
  • Multi-agent systems
  • Nanopositioning and scanning probe microscopy
  • Electroactive polymer actuators
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Location: 1156 MEK


Tommaso Lenzi
Assistant Professor
Mechanical Engineering
Education: Scuola Superiore Sant’Anna, Pisa, Italy, 2012
Office: TBD
E-mail: t.lenzi@utah.edu
Google Scholar Citations
  • Wearable robotics
  • Powered prostheses and exoskeletons
  • Bionics
  • Rehabilitation engineering
LenziLab
Location: 0155 MEK
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Steve Mascaro
Associate Professor
Mechanical Engineering
Education: Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering, MIT, 2002
Office: 2020 MEK 
E-mail: smascaro@mech.utah.edu 
Phone: 801.581.7228
Google Scholar Citations
  • Robotics and mechatronics
  • System dynamics and control
  • Haptics, sensors and actuators
  • Human-machine systems
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Location: 2028 MEK
(PH: 801.581.4767)
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Sanford Meek
Associate Professor
Mechanical Engineering
Education:  Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering, University of Utah, 1982
Office: 2153 MEK
E-mail: meek@mech.utah.edu 
Phone: 801.581.8562 
Google Scholar Citations
  • Biocontrol systems
  • Robotics
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BioControls Lab
Location: 2019 MEK
(Ph: 801.581.3140)
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Mark Minor
Associate Professor
Mechanical Engineering
Education:  Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering, Michigan State University, 2000 
Office: 2022 MEK
E-mail: minor@mech.utah.edu
Phone: 801. 587.7771
Google Scholar Citations
  • Design, modeling, and control of mobile robots — ground based and under-actuated climbing robots
  • Robotic Educational Tools
  • Medical Robotic Instrumentation
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Robotic Systems Lab
Location: 2030 MEK
(PH: 801.581.9018)
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Haohan Zhang
Assistant Professor
Mechanical Engineering
Education:  Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering, Columbia University, 2019
Office: 2568 MEK
E-mail: haohan.zhang@utah.edu
Google Scholar Citations
  • Design and control of wearable robotics
  • Assistive technology and rehabilitation
  • Physical human-robot interaction
  • Sensorimotor and biomechanics
  • Parallel mechanisms

Affiliated and Auxiliary Faculty

 

Faculty/Info 
Research Interests
Laboratory
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Jur van den Berg
Adjunct Professor
School of Computing
Education: Ph.D. in Computer Science, Utrecht University, The Netherlands, 2007
Google Scholar Citations
  • Algorithmic robotics
  • Control theory
  • Machine learning
  • Applied computational geometry
Henry Fu
Associate Professor
Mechanical Engineering
Education: Ph.D. Physics, University of California at Berkeley, 2006
Office: 2563 MEK
Phone: (801) 581-4119
E-mail: henry.fu@utah.edu 
Google Scholar Citations
  • Low-Reynolds number hydrodynamics
  • Biomechanics and biophysics
  • Complex biomaterials
  • Microrobotics
Fluid and Biomechanics Lab

Yong Kong
Assistant Professor
Mechanical Engineering
Education: Ph.D., Mechanical Engineering & Materials Science, Princeton University, 2015
Office: 1543 MEK
E-mail: yong.kong@utah.edu
Google Scholar Citations 
  • Additive manufacturing
  • Nanomaterials-based devices
  • Biomedical devices
  • Ingestible electronics
Additive Manufacturing Laboratory
Andrew Merryweather
Associate Professor
Mechanical Engineering
Education: Ph.D., Mechanical Engineering, University of Utah, 2008
Office: 1674 MEK
Phone: 2215 MEB
E-mail: 
a.merryweather@utah.edu 
Google Scholar Citations
  • 3D motion analysis
  • Lower limb joint biomechanics
  • Occupational injury biomechanics
  • Ergonomics
  • Rehabilitation engineering
Ergonomics and Safety Lab
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Will Provancher
Adjunct Professor
Mechanical Engineering
Education:  Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering, Stanford University, 2003.
E-mail: wil@mech.utah.edu
Google Scholar Citations
  • Haptics, tactile sensing and feedback
  • Climbing robots
  • Meso-scale manufacturing and embedded mechatronics
  • Smart materials
Bart Raeymaekers
Professor
Mechanical Engineering
Education: Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering, University of California San Diego, 2007
Office: 2677 MEK
Phone: (801) 585-7594
E-mail: bart.raeymaekers@utah.edu
Google Scholar Citations
  • Nano- and biotribology
  • Design of medical devices
  • Precision manufacturing
  • Ultrasound sensor technology

Shared Robotics Research/Teaching/Team Labs 

 

Small Robotics Lab
Location: 0111 MEK
Research and teaching lab for small, table-top sized systems.

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Large Robotics Lab
Location: 0112 MEK
Shared research facility designed for robots that need room to move.  The lab has workbenches and computing equipment to support research activities, as well as two Baxter robots and one Kooka robotic arm.  Additionally, the lab has a reconfigurable netted flight volume (25’x25’x25′) with Vicon motion capture system for conducting research on ground and aerial robots.

Lab Manager: Daman Bareiss
Faculty Supervisors: Kam K. Leang, Mark Minor, and Sanford Meek

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Robo Utes Lab
Location: 0282 MEK
The RoboUtes are an interdisciplinary student organization based at The University of Utah. Students are invited to participate who are passionate about robotics or want to explore and learn about this field. RoboUtes is the place for students who are interested in learning and gaining hand’s on experience building robots. The RoboUtes believe in original work and implementation of classroom knowledge into real world applications.

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Visit RoboUtes website for more details: http://roboutes.utah.edu