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The Mechatronics and Robotics Research Laboratory at the University of Massachusetts Amherst is directed by Professor Frank Sup. We focus on the advancement of physical human-machine interaction. The core of the lab’s research is on human-centered mechatronic design in the development of rehabilitative technologies. The research topics span from wearable robotics such as intelligent prosthetics and exoskeletons, to advanced control structures and methodologies. We strive to expand the boundaries in the research community, while providing a hands-on learning environment in leading-edge science.

We are recruiting participants for our research studies to test a new robotic foot-ankle prosthesis and socket fitment tool. Please contact us if you are interested at sup@umass.edu.

Undergraduate Lab Positions: I will be on sabbatical for the 2018-19 academic year and won’t have open lab positions.

Graduate Research Positions: Please apply to the UMass Amherst Graduate School. I will be on sabbatical during the 2018-19 year and I won’t be able to respond to emails. There are no lab openings for 2018-19 academic year, but there will be PhD openings starting Fall 2019.

Research

Lower Limb Prostheses

Sensing Physical Human-Robot Interaction

Embedded Systems

Interactive Robots

Links to Our Past Research Projects

People

MRRL Lab Photo – Fall 2017

Lab Director

Professor Frank C. Sup IV
Associate Professor

sup [at] umass [dot] edu

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Visiting Professor

Dr. Yali Han
Associate Professor, Nanjing Institute of Technology

yalihan [at] umass [dot] edu

Graduate Researchers

Graduate Alumni

Soumitra Sitole – 2018 MS – PhD in the MRRL

Punith Lakshmi – 2017 MS – Integrated Construction – Robotics Division

Youssef Jaber – 2017 MS – Ingersoll Rand

Dr. Abhijit Kadrolkar – 2016 PhD – Medtronic

Dr. Andrew LaPre – 2012 MS / 2016 PhD – FTL Labs Corp

Mark Price – 2016 MS – PhD in the MRRL

Vinh Nguyen – 2016 MS – PhD in the MRRL

Qiandong Nie – 2016 MS – MS in CS @ LSU

Matthew Ryder – 2015 MS – Sensata Technologies

Jonathan Cummings -2014 MS – MIT Lincoln Laboratory

Airton da Silva – 2014 MS – Avitas Systems

Haohan Zhang – 2014 MS – PhD, Columbia University – ROAR Lab

Zhe Zhang – 2013 MS – China Mobile Group Design and Consulting Company

Post-Docs and Visitor Scholars

Ulvi Baspinar – 2015-16 Post-Doc – Assistant Professor at Marama University, Turkey

Dr. Lieselle Trinidad – 2015 & 2016 Visiting Faculty – Asst. Professor SUNY Buffalo

Undergraduate Honors Alumni

Ian McGinty – 2018 – Secret Startup

Jacqueline Lagasse – 2018 – MS, UMass-Amherst

Steven Luk – 2018 – MS, Columbia University

John Melloni – 2018 – MS, Stanford University

Brian Jin – 2016 – MS, Columbia University – ROAM Lab

Carmine (CJ) Taglienti – 2016 – MS, UMass-Amherst

Caitlin McLain – 2015 – Apple

Devin Carroll – 2015 – PhD, U. of Pennsylvania

Liam Kelly – 2014 – Bose Corporation

Neil Mahesh Bajaj – 2014 – PhD, Yale University – GRAB Lab

Natalie Zucker – 2013 – Bose Corporation

Andrew Erwin – 2012 – PhD, Rice University – MAHI Lab

Amanda Willis – 2012 – Raytheon

Steve McKinley – 2011 – PhD, U. of California Berkley

 Independent Studies and Volunteers 

Christoph Nüsslein – 2017 Intern – BS, UMass-Amherst

Jade Saint-Paul – 2017 Volunteer – BS, UMass Amherst

Mandira Marambe – 2017 Intern/I.S. – BS, Smith College

Megan McGahren – 2017 Intern – BS, Smith College

Nicolas Sawyer – 2016-17 I.S. – BS, UMass Amherst

Shannon Fan – 2016-17 Volunteer – BS, UMass Amherst

Karl Schmeckpeper – 2013-15 Lab Assistant – PhD, U. of Pennsylvania – GRASP Lab

Rebecca Schliemann – 2015 Intern – BS, Virginia Tech

Daniel Smoliga – 2015 I.S. – Huber+Suhner Astrolab

Yoshiaki Uwamino – 2015 Graduate Visitor – MS, Hokkaido University, Japan

Volker Boss – 2013 I.S.

Jacob Miller-Mack – 2013 I.S. – Pika Energy

Catherine Paquin – 2013 I.S. – Terumo Heart

Contact

Lab Director:

Frank C. Sup IV
sup [at] umass.edu

Campus Location: 15D Gunness Lab
Phone: 413-545-2946

Mailing Address:
Mechanical & Industrial Engineering
160 Governors Drive
Amherst, MA 01003