I received the B.S. degree (2006) in electrical engineering and computer sciences from the University of California, Berkeley and the M.S. (2007) and Ph.D. (2010) degrees in electrical and computer engineering from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. I joined the University of Michigan as an Associate Professor in the Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science and the Robotics Institute in Fall 2019, and I became the Associate Director for Graduate Education of the Robotics Institute in Fall 2020. Prior to joining U-M, I was an Assistant Professor in the Departments of Bioengineering and Mechanical Engineering at the University of Texas at Dallas. I was also a Research Scientist at the Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago and a Postdoctoral Fellow at Northwestern University. I am the Director of the Locomotor Control Systems Laboratory, which conducts research on the control mechanisms of bipedal locomotion with applications to wearable and autonomous robots. Curriculum Vitae
- 09/2021: I received a $1.7 million NIH R01 grant on the design and control of modular powered orthoses for broad patient populations.
- 09/2020: I became Associate Director of Michigan Robotics / Robotics Graduate Chair.
- 08/2020: I received a new NSF grant with collaborators Elliott Rouse and Eric Rombokas.
- 08/2019: I moved to the University of Michigan as Associate Professor with tenure!
- 08/2018: I received a $2.2 million NIH R01 grant to investigate control of agile powered prosthetic legs.
- 05/2018: I have been named a Fellow of the Eugene McDermott Endowed Professorship at UT Dallas.
- 08/2017: I received new NSF grants through the DCSD program and National Robotics Initiative 2.0.
- 02/2017: I received the NSF CAREER Award.
- 09/2016: Prof. Kaveh Hamed and I received a NSF grant through the National Robotics Initiative.
- 04/2016: I was elevated to IEEE Senior Member.
- 12/2015: My PhD student Ge Lv won the Best Student Paper Award of IEEE Conf. Decision & Control.
- 10/2015: I joined the Editorial Board of the IEEE Transactions on Robotics.
- 09/2013: I received the 2013 NIH Director’s New Innovator Award ($2.3 million over 5 years) for research in robotic prostheses and orthoses.
- 07/2012: Check out my recent interview with Nature.
- 05/2012: Many thanks to the Burroughs Wellcome Fund for supporting my research vision with a $500,000 Career Award at the Scientific Interface.
- Design and control of lower-limb prostheses and orthoses
- Control mechanisms of human locomotion
- Modeling and control of dynamic walking
- Nonlinear control, including energy-, passivity-, and symmetry-based methods
Outside of the office, I can sometimes be found on the ice playing in pickup hockey games. I also enjoy watching Cal football and Ducks hockey whenever they are televised locally. Most of my free time is now dedicated to my wife Kristin and a mutt named Oskee.
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