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An Wang Research Professor of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science
Office: 345 Maxwell Dworkin
Office Phone: (617) 495-3922
Robots are one example of computer-controlled machines in which motion control is a central issue. Others include surveillance vehicles, numerically controlled machine tools, autonomous loaders, repair vehicles, etc. Many recent efforts to permit these systems to react to various sensory data in real time incorporate new computational paradigms, such as neural networks and adaptive arrays. In recent work, Professor Brockett and his coworkers have shown how parallel analog algorithms can be used for these purposes and how several problems in combinatorial optimization can be understood in the context of control and dynamical systems.
Abbott and James Lawrence Professor of Engineering
The Harvard Biorobotics Lab focuses on the role of sensing and mechanical design in motor control, in both robots and humans. The research draws upon diverse disciplines, including biomechanics, systems analysis, and neurophysiology. The lab is currently exploring the development of robotic and image-guided approaches to minimally invasive surgical procedures, including projects that are improving biomechanical modeling, medical imaging, robotic surgery and rehabilitation robotics. Working with industrial partners, the lab is developing applications of this research in biomedical instrumentation, teleoperated robots, and intelligent sensors.
Assistant Professor of Engineering and Computer Science
Office: 151 Maxwell Dworkin
Office Phone: (617) 495-9526
Lab Name: Harvard Agile Robotics Laboratory
The Harvard Agile Robotics Lab conducts basic research on optimization, control, and machine learning algorithms for controlling highly-dynamic walking, manipulating, and flying robots. Current projects include developing algorithms for robust legged locomotion and manipulation, control and estimation for morphing wing MAVs, and real-time optimization of human assistive devices
Hansjorg Wyss Professor of Biologically Inspired Engineering
Office: 221 Pierce Hall
Office Phone: (617) 496-0233
The principal activities of the Lewis Group involve 3D printing of soft functional materials for use in printed electronics, optical materials, light-weight structures, and microvascular architectures for cell culture and tissue engineering. The Lewis Lab focuses on the directed and self-assembly of soft functional materials. By bringing together expertise in materials synthesis, complex fluids, microfluidics, robotics, biology and assembly, they are designing and patterning functional materials with controlled composition and architecture on multiple length scales. Specifically, the Lewis Group is creating novel materials that may find potential application as printed electronics, optical materials, lightweight structures, and 3D microvascular architectures for cell culture and tissue engineering.
Fred Kavli Professor of Computer Science
The Self-Organizing Systems Research Group sheds light on the nature of coordination in large groups in order to better understand natural systems like social insect colonies and multicellular self-organization, and to engineer robust and powerful technologies like multi-robot systems for use in search and rescue, construction, or agriculture. This work lies at the intersection of computer science and biology. Her group studies bio-inspired algorithms, programming paradigms, and hardware designs for swarm/modular robotic systems and smart materials, drawing inspiration mainly from social insects and multicellular biology.
The Harvard Biodesign Lab brings together researchers from the engineering, industrial design, apparel, clinical and business communities to develop robots and smart medical devices that are specifically intended for interacting and cooperating with humans. The lab focuses on applying disruptive technologies to the development of robotic devices for augmenting and restoring human performance, including a soft exosuit that can assist an individual with locomotion as part of the DARPA Warrior Web project. The lab is currently exploring new approaches to design, manufacture and control of wearable robotics.
Office Phone: (617) 495-9430
Office: 341 Maxwell Dworkin Building
Office Phone: (617) 495-4390
The Zickler lab is working to build systems that visually understand and interact with their environment, exploring computer vision using physics-based approaches that explicitly consider illumination, reflection, refraction, scattering, and imaging. The lab is currently exploring wide-angle micro sensors, spectral image models for sensing and consumer cameras as radiometric devices. The field of computer vision is evolving in response to the rapid development of cheap, high-resolution digital imaging technology, since this technology provides access to visual data of unprecedented accuracy and quantity. Broadly, Zicker and his team research how to incorporate this wealth of information into practical vision systems.