• August 11th, 2022 - Dr. Zhang to give a presentation for his paper "Multi-axes series elastic actuation: a computer model" at the International Design Engineering Technical Conferences & Computers and Information in Engineering Conference (IDETC-CIE 2022).
  • August 9th, 2022 - Congratulations to Gonzalo Tello for his accepted paper "Design of a Hands-Free Braille Display Using a Pneumatically Controlled Wristband" by the IEEE Sensors Conference.
  • August 4th, 2022 - Congratulations to Jake Hirst for his successful presentation at the University of Utah Undergraduate Research Symposium.
  • August 1st, 2022 - UWR Lab welcomes Ian Bales joining the lab as a new PhD student.
  • May 30th, 2022 - Our research paper "Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis Patients Regain Head-Neck Control Using a Powered Neck Exoskeleton" has been accepted to present at the 9th IEEE RAS/EMBS International Conference on Biomedical Robotics & Biomechatronics (BioRob 2022).
  • April 21st, 2022 - Congratulations to the senior design team who presented their project Smart Trainer for assisting at-home exercises.
  • February 25th, 2022 - Gonzalo Tello joins the lab as an undergraduate research assistant. He will be developing a pneumatically driven wristband to provide rich haptic feedback to the user. He will be jointly advised by Dr. Jungkyu (Jay) Kim.
  • January 10th, 2022 - UWR Lab welcomes new students Jacob Hirst (Undergraduate assistant), and Insa Norcross (Undergraduate assistant) to join the lab. Jake and Insa will be working on their individual research projects, supported by UROP.
  • November 4th, 2021 - Dr. Zhang to give a guest lecture in the Medical Robotics Course (CS 6956), hosted by Dr. Alan Kuntz, at University of Utah.
  • October 20th, 2021 - UWR Lab's proposal on soft manipulator is selected by the SPUR program to support an undergraduate student to conduct guided research in summer 2022. Interested students should check out our Opportunities page for more information.
  • September 16th, 2021 - Dr. Zhang to give a seminar at the University of Utah Robotics Center.
  • August 3rd, 2021 - Our research study is featured on latest NSF Research News. Read more through this link.


We specialize in wearable robotic solutions by leveraging mechanism design and modern computational methods. We strive to understand the sensorimotor system through experiments using wearable robotic platforms. Our laboratory aspires to make a positive impact on daily living of individuals with motor impairments through increased independence and social inclusion.

As part of the University of Utah Robotics Center, our laboratory is affiliated with the Department of Mechanical Engineering at the University of Utah. We dedicate ourselves to creating a welcoming, vibrant, and collaborative research environment. We welcome visitors and interested collaborators from academia and industry, locally, nationally, and globally. In addition to our impactful research, we are committed to promoting fair education, particularly equity, diversity, and inclusion in robotics.


Past, present and future research in the lab.

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Listing of published research papers.

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