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Biomechatronics Group Director

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Hugh Herr, PhD hherr [at] media.mit.edu Office: E14-374L Associate Professor, Media Arts and Sciences Associate Professor, Harvard-MIT Division of Health Sciences and Technology Hugh Herr directs the Biomechatronics group at The MIT Media Lab.

His research program seeks to advance technologies that promise to accelerate the merging of body and machine, including device architectures that resemble the body’s musculoskeletal design, actuator technologies that behave like muscle, and control methodologies that exploit principles of biological movement. His methods encompass a diverse set of scientific and technological disciplines, from the science of biomechanics and biological movement control to the design of biomedical devices for the treatment of human physical disability.

His research accomplishments in science and technology have already made a significant impact on physically challenged people. The Transfemoral Quasipassive Knee Prosthesis has been commercialized by Össur Inc., and is now benefiting amputees throughout the world.  In 2006, he founded the company iWalk Inc. to commercialize the Powered Ankle-Foot Prosthesis and other bionic leg devices.  Professor Herr’s work impacts a number of academic communities. He has given numerous invited and plenary lectures at international conferences and colloquia, including the IVth World Congress of Biomechanics, the International Conference on Advanced Prosthetics, the National Assembly of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, World Economic Forum, Google Zeitgeist, Digital Life Design, and the TEDMED Conference. He is Associate Editor for the Journal of NeuroEngineering and Rehabilitation, and has served as a reviewer for the Journal of Experimental Biology, the International Journal of Robotics Research, IEEE Transactions on Biomedical Engineering, and the Proceedings of the Royal Society: Biological Sciences. He has been invited to participate in joint funding proposals from other universities and corporations, and has served on research review panels including the National Institute of Health, the National Institute on Disability and Rehabilitation, and the Department of Veterans Affairs. In 2007, He was presented with the 13th Annual Heinz Award for Technology, the Economy and Employment. His work has been featured by various national and international media, including Scientific American Frontiers, Technology Review, National Geographic, the History Channel, and CNN.

 

Group Administrator

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Lindsey Reynolds lreynolds [at] media.mit.edu Office: E14-374N

Lindsey Reynolds graduated Magna Cum Laude from Northeastern University with a Bachelor of Arts and Science in Psychology and a minor in Human Services.  She has corporate marketing experience from her role as an Associate Broker within B2B brokerage companies while living in New York.  Once Lindsey relocated to Boston, she became a Project Consultant for the ProPharma Group while working at Genzyme headquarters here in Cambridge, MA.  In 2013, Lindsey received the Consultant of the Year award while at ProPharma.  Lindsey now works for Professor Herr as his Senior Administrative Assistant as well as overseeing the day to day activities of the Biomechatronics Lab.

Research Staff

 

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Jean-François (Jeff) Duval jfduval [at] media.mit.edu |  JFDuval's LinkedIn profile | Office: E15-463F

Jean-François holds a Bachelor’s degree in Electrical Engineering from Université de Sherbrooke (Québec, Canada). He joined the Media Lab and the Biomechatronics group in September 2013 as a Master’s student. His thesis project, FlexSEA: Flexible, Scalable Electronics Architecture for Wearable Robotic Applications, consisted of developing a kit of modular electronics that speeds up the prototyping of powered prosthetic limbs and exoskeletons. Now, as a Research Scientist, he works on making FlexSEA available to a broader audience and he designs custom electronics to interface with biological tissues.

 

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Kevin Moerman, Phd MSc BEng, kmoerman [at] media.mit.edu | Office: E14-274G | Kevin M. Moerman's ORCID profile   Kevin M. Moerman's ResearchGate profile   Kevin M. Moerman's LinkedIn profile   Follow @KMMoerman on twitter |

Kevin is a biomechanical and design engineer. His research interests include soft tissue biomechanics, finite element analysis, continuum mechanics, image-based modelling, image-processing, robotics and medical device design. He holds a Bachelor degree in Mechanical Engineering, a Master’s degree in Bioengineering and a PhD degree on the tipic of soft tissue biomechanics (2012, Trinity College Dublin). Kevin joined the Biomechatronics group in 2015 as post-doctoral associate at MIT Media Lab where his current focus is on computational modelling for prosthetic socket design. He also holds a visiting research fellow position at Trinity College Dublin collaborating on computational modelling of soft tissue mechanical behaviour. Kevin has shared his work at international conferences and is often involved in the organisation of special sessions and workshops. During his academic career he has amassed a wealth of computational tools for image-based modelling and inverse finite element analysis, resulting in the creation of his GIBBON open-source software project. See ORCID profile for list of works and publications.

 

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Luke Mooney, PhD lmooney [at] media.mit.edu| Personal website | Luke's LinkedIn profile Office: E14-274C

Luke completed his PhD in the mechanical engineering department. His work is on the machine design, controls, and testing of wearable robotics. Currently, he is developing a lower limb exoskeleton to improve the metabolic expenditure of locomotion. He began working in the Biomechatronics group as an undergraduate, and his initial work was on the controls of the Active Agonist-Antagonist Knee prosthesis v.0 and v.1. Luke’s master’s work is on the optimization of actuator design. His PhD work focused on the Clutchable Series-Elastic Actuated Knee, a Continuously-Variable Series-Elastic Actuator, and a quasi-passive pneumatic ankle prosthesis.

 

Anthony Zorzos, PhD azorzos [at] media.mit.edu Office: E15-463

Graduate students

 

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Matt Carney mcarney [at] mit.edu | Office: E14-274G | Personal website | Matt Carney's LinkedIn profile |

Matt Carney is a PhD student in the Biomechatronics Group at the MIT Media Lab where he is designing and building next generation bionic limbs. His specialty in hands-on mechanical design engineering was born from years of experience working at the industry leading firms Meka Robotics (humanoids) and IDEO (product design). He also developed chronically implanted medical device manufacturing processes at the Polymer Technology Group and did his masters work at UC Berkeley in the Medical Polymers Group building tribology testing equipment for hip and knee replacements. In addition to design, he also has strong research interests in controls, embedded systems, power electronics, art, design, culture, politics, civic action and social justice. He holds a S.M. Media Arts and Sciences from MIT (2015), a M.S. Mechanical Engineering from UC Berkeley (2008), and a B.S. Mechanical Engineering from CalPoly San Luis Obispo (2004).

 

Tyler Clites clites [at] mit.edu Office: E15-463

Tyler is a PhD student in the Harvard-MIT Health Sciences and Technology program. He graduated from Harvard in 2014 with a B.S. in Biomedical and Mechanical Engineering. As an undergraduate, he worked with the Biomechatronics group to develop a process whereby MRI data are used to create comfortable prosthetic sockets. For his undergraduate thesis, Tyler built a neurally controlled active exoskeleton for a rabbit. He is currently working on new ways to enable bi-directional communication with the peripheral nervous system, giving way to prostheses that more closely replicate the biological control experience.

 

David Hill Biomechatronics

David Hill dhill24 [at] media.mit.edu Office: E14-274D

David holds a B.S. degree in Physics from Morehouse College and an S.M. degree in Media Arts and Sciences from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Previously, he developed diffractive optics for extreme ultraviolet (EUV) lasers at Morehouse’s Micro/Nano Optics Research Laboratory (MORELab), in collaboration with Colorado State University’s EUV Engineering Research Center. Currently, David is pursuing a Ph.D. in the MIT Media Lab focusing on the development of a neuromuscular model of human running.

 

Jiun-Yih Kuan _Jarvis_ Biomechatronics

Jiun-Yih Kuan kuan [at] media.mit.edu Office: E14-274D

Jiun-Yih Kuan is a PhD candidate in mechanical engineering. He received a B.S. degree from National Cheng Kung University and an M.S. degree from National Taiwan University in Taiwan, all in mechanical engineering. His research interests include robotics, design, modeling, and control of mechatronics systems, biomimetics, biomechatronics, rehabilitation and augmentation technology, etc. He is working on the wearable robotic simulator with the Biomechatronics Group.

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Benjamin Maimon bmaimon [at] media.mit.edu Office: E15-463G

Benjamin Maimon joined the Biomechatronics group in November 2013 as a PhD Student in Medical Engineering and Medical Physics from the Harvard-MIT Health Sciences and Technology Program. He holds a Bachelor’s degree in Biomedical Engineering and Mechanical Engineering from Duke University. As an undergraduate, his research primarily focused on developing hardware and software systems for behavioral-based optogenetics experiments in rodents. Benjamin is currently working on the peripheral nerve interface project where he hopes to develop more effective methods of communication between peripheral nerves and prostheses.

 

Bryan Ranger branger [at] media.mit.edu | Bevin's LinkedIn profile| Office: E14-274B

Bryan is a PhD student in Medical Engineering and Medical Physics through the Harvard-MIT Health Sciences and Technology program. He holds a M.S.E. and B.S.E. in Biomedical Engineering from the University of Michigan. As an undergraduate and master’s student, his research focused on applications of ultrasound imaging to breast cancer. In the Biomechatronics group, his projects center on using ultrasound techniques for prosthetic socket interface applications.

 

 Shriya Srinivasan sss133 [at] case.edu | Shriya Srinivasan's LinkedIn profile |

Shriya is a PhD student in Medical Engineering and Medical Physics through the Harvard-MIT Health Sciences and Technology program. She graduated from Case Western Reserve University with a B.S. in Biomedical Engineering, with a concentration in biomaterials. Shriya’s undergraduate research focused on developing chemotheranostic agents to assess the efficacy of chemotherapeutics in real-time using imaging. Shriya is currently working on a regenerative peripheral neural interface that will ultimately enable patients to control their prosthesis with native neural signals. She is also exploring tissue-engineering approaches to create a strong and infection-resistant skin port for the transcutaneous components of implantable prostheses.

 

 

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Roman Stolyarov romka [at] media.mit.edu Office: E14-274B

Roman joined the Biomechatronics Group in August 2014 as a Ph.D. candidate in Medical Engineering and Medical Physics via the Harvard-MIT Division of Health Sciences and Technology. He holds B.S. degrees in computer science, mathematics, and biology from Southern Methodist University in Dallas, TX. As an undergraduate, Roman conducted research in the areas of computational neuroscience, cancer genomics, and developmental biology and also interned at KVH Industries, where he developed testing platforms for various inertial navigation systems. In the lab, Roman’s graduate research is focused on developing terrain adaptive controllers for powered lower limb prostheses and exoskeletons. Roman’s strength comes from his family, his close friends, and his desire to enable others to live healthier and happier lives.

 

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Cameron Taylor crtaylor [at] media.mit.edu Office: E14-274A

Cameron started and finished an undergraduate degree in Electrical Engineering with the intent of pressing forward the development of neural-interfaced prosthetics.  Graduating from Brigham Young University in April of 2014, where his focuses included electromagnetics, control theory, robotic vision and digital signal processing, he joined the Biomechatronics Group at MIT’s Media Lab to continue that pursuit.  Currently, he is working on the development of an advanced electric motor design for implementation in a powered ankle foot prosthesis.  Cameron’s strength in his work and studies comes from his faith and his desire to develop technologies that will enable others to more fully fulfill their potential.

 

 

Matt Weber mbweber [at] mit.edu | Matt's LinkedIn profileOffice: E14-274C

Matt is an MD candidate at Harvard Medical School and comes to the Media Lab through the Harvard-MIT Division of Health Sciences and Technology. He received a BS in Biomechanical Engineering from Stanford University in 2014. His main engineering interests are in the mechatronic design of medical robotics, particularly exoskeletons and advanced prosthetics. Clinically, Matt’s interests are in practical human integration of assistive technology. As an undergrad, he studied human motor adaptations to robotic simulators via human-in-the-loop analysis of the Da Vinci Surgical System. Matt has previously collaborated with the Biomechatronics group as a member of the exoskeleton team at SRI International in California.

 

 

Affiliate Research Staff

Bruce Deffenbaugh

 

Bruce Deffenbaugh bd [at] media.mit.edu Office: E15-463

Bruce is working on a number of areas related to the design, fabrication, and control of prosthesis hardware prototypes.

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Ken Pasch, PhD kenpasch [at] media.mit.edu Office: E14-274A

Ken is working on a number of areas related to the design, fabrication, and control of wearable robotic simulators.

 

Ron Riso Biomechatronics

Ron Riso, PhD rriso [at] media.mit.edu Office: E15-420

Ron Riso joined the Biomechatronics group in September 2011 to lead a project that aims to develop implantable devices that provide for bi-directional communication with peripheral nerves.  Dr. Riso initially worked with FES grasp restoration for spinal injured subjects at Case Western Reserve University for more than a decade to develop a tactile feedback system for a hand neuroprosthesis. From 1995 until 2003, Ron was Associate Professor at the Danish University, where he continued to work on developing nerve cuff technology to activate otherwise paralyzed muscles in quadriplegia and recorded afferent activity for closed-loop grasp control. While working abroad, Ron was principle investigator for several large consortium EU funded projects dedicated to spinal cord trauma rehabilitation (“GRIP”) and advanced powered prostheses (“Cyberhand”).  As a guest researcher at Professor Roland Johansson’s lab in the Department of Physiology in Umea, Sweden, he studied microneurography and the physiology and psychophysics of cutaneous and proprioceptive sensibilities.

 

Alumni and Former Labmates

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Samuel Au

Max Berniker

Madalyn Berns

Joaquin Blaya

Andrea Chew

Danielle Chou

Grant Elliott

Ken Endo

Waleed Farahat

Todd Farrell

Jianwen Wendy Gu

Andreas Hofmann

Oliver Kannape

Pavitra Krishnaswamy

Katherine Song

Matthew Malchano

Jared Markowitz

Ernesto Martinez-Villalpando

Michael Palmer

Daniel Paluska

Goutam Reddy

Elliott Rouse

Sneha Thakkar

Andrew Valiente

Nathan Villagaray-Carski

Conor Walsh

Jing Wang

Ari Wilkenfeld

Shuo Wang

Arthur Petron

Madeleine Abromowitz

David Sengeh

Bevin Lin

Matthew Furtney

Stephanie Ku

Michael Eilenberg

 

 

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