Talks & Lectures
5 Dec 2019
Edwin A. Stevens Hall 329

Soft, Strong, and Smart Wearable Robots for Human Mobility and Manipulation Augmentation

Department of Mechanical Engineering


Assistant Professor
Department of Mechanical Engineering
City College of New York


This talk presents enabling technologies (e.g. high torque motors) to create the next generation of soft robots for human collaboration. Unlike conventional wearable robots that are rigid and heavy, soft exoskeletons use soft materials to provide a conformal and unobtrusive means to interface to the human body. The talk describes our innovation in new actuation paradigm, soft actuators, soft sensors, and control approaches that deliver biologically-inspired assistance and how this will enable a paradigm shift of wearable robots from lab-bounded rehabilitation tools to ubiquitous personal robots for work injury prevention, impairment recovery, and homecare.


Hao Su is an assistant professor in the Department of Mechanical Engineering at the City College of New York. He was a postdoctoral research fellow at Harvard University and the Wyss Institute for Biologically Inspired Engineering. Prior to this role, he was a Research Scientist at Philips Research North America where he designed robots for lung and cardiac surgery. He obtained a Ph.D. degree in Surgical Robotics from the Department of Mechanical Engineering at Worcester Polytechnic Institute. Dr. Su and his team won the Toyota Mobility Unlimited Discovery Award out of 96 international teams. His research has received $3M support from NSF, NIH, and industry.

Dr. Su received the Best Medical Robotics Paper Runner-up Award in the IEEE International Conference on Robotics and Automation (ICRA) and Philips Innovation Transfer Award. He received the Advanced Simulation & Training Award from the Link Foundation and Dr. Richard Schlesinger Award from the American Society for Quality. He holds patents on surgical robotics and socially assistive robots.

Dr. Su is the Junior Chair of the Technical Committee on Mechanisms and Design of the IEEE Robotics and Automation Society (RAS). He is the Associate Editor of the Journal: Frontiers in Robotics and AI. He is the Associate Editor of the IEEE International Conference on Robotics and Automation and the BioRobotics theme editor of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society (EMBC). He was the chair of Catheter Robotics workshop and organizing committee member of the Design of Medical Devices Conference.

For more information, please contact Prof. Damiano Zanotto ([email protected]).

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