• 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 Emma Pinegar (PhD student), Jacob Hirst (Undergraduate assistant), and Insa Norcross (Undergraduate assistant) to join the lab. Emma will be working with Dr. Zhang toward her PhD dissertation. Jacob 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.
  • July 13th, 2021 - David Demaree joins the lab. He will be working with Dr. Zhang on his Master's thesis.
  • July 12th, 2021 - A paper titled "A novel neck brace to characterize neck mobility after neck surgery in cancer patients" is now available on Wearable Technologies. This work was collaborated with researchers from the Robotics and Rehabilitation (ROAR) Lab at Columbia University.
  • July 1st,  2021 - Dr. Haohan Zhang joins the Dept. of Mechanical Engineering, University of Utah as a tenure-line assistant professor. He is also a core faculty member at the University of Utah Robotics Center.


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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