Enhancing human physical capability


MIT Media Lab

MIT Media Lab

We know from early Roman mosaics that physical rehabilitation and amplification technologies have been used during much of recorded history. Although the goal of constructing such technologies is not new, great scientific and technological hurdles still remain. Even today, permanent assistive devices are viewed by the physically challenged as separate, lifeless mechanisms and not intimate extensions of the human body—structurally, neurologically, and dynamically. The Biomechatronics group seeks to advance technologies that promise to accelerate the merging of body and machine, including device architectures that resemble the body's own musculoskeletal design, actuator technologies that behave like muscle, and control methodologies that exploit principles of biological movement.

Equity and Justice in Biomechatronics Culture

The Biomechatronics Group within the MIT Media Lab seeks to embody the values of open-mindedness, mutual respect, and collaboration through our community and research. We commit to supporting the well-being of each member of our Group. 

  • The Biomechatronics Group is committed to creating an environment that reflects the diversity of society and actively promotes equity, justice, and inclusion.
  • Talented and passionate scientists, engineers and designers in the area of biomechatronics are sought,  regardless of race, age, gender identity, sexual orientation, religion, nationality, socio-economic status, and physical/mental ability.
  • Underrepresented minorities are encouraged to apply!

Without diversity of skills, thought, and experiences, we lessen our ability to ask important questions, innovate, solve problems, and foster creativity. Thus, the Biomechatronics Group seeks to: 

  • Improve and exercise dialogue and respect amongst distinct groups
  • Value varied and intersectional backgrounds and deconstruct stereotypes
  • Foster and advance leadership and mentoring