• January 31st, 2023 - Congratulations to David Damaree for his paper (Title "A structurally enhanced neck exoskeleton to assist with head-neck motion") acceptance by the International Symposium on Medical Robotics (ISMR)!
  • January 27th, 2023 - An UWR Lab abstract submitted to the 2023 NSF DARE Conference is accepted for a poster presentation. Ian Bales was the lead author. Congratulations to Ian!
  • January 26th, 2023 - NSF awarded $425K funding for a new UWR Lab project titled "Adapting to the Human Body: Shape-Adaptive Attachment for Parallel Wearable Robots Using Jamming".
  • January 10th, 2023 - UWR Lab welcomes new undergraduate researchers Logan Lancaster, Tristan Archuleta, Zach Olson, and Sam Lewis.
  • December 15th, 2022 - We currently have multiple open positions for graduate research assistants.
  • August 20th, 2022 - UWR Lab welcomes Colin Rubow joining the lab as a new MS student. Colin will be funded by the NIOSH Safety and Ergonomics Training Program.
  • 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.


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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