banking and finance
internet of things
neural interfacing and control
point of care
sports and fitness
natural language processing
Promoting deeper learning and understanding in human networks
Enhancing human physical capability
Revealing insights into the human condition and repairing brain disorders via novel tools for mapping and fixing brain computations
Augmenting and mediating human experience, interaction, and perception with sensor networks
Center for Extreme Bionics
Seamlessly coupling the worlds of bits and atoms by giving dynamic physical form to digital information and computation
Cells’ biomechanical responses to external stimuli have been intensively studied but rarely implemented into devices that interact w...
The design of next-generation bionic ankles and knees aims to improve bionic actuators on all metrics: range of motion, power density, ba...
Carney, Matthew E. “Design and Evaluation of a Reaction-Force Series Elastic Actuator Configurable as Biomimetic Powered Ankle and Knee Prostheses By.” Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 2020.
Mechanical, electrical, and dynamic control systems recreate biological behavior with synthetic hardware.
Inventing disruptive technologies for nanoelectronic devices and creating new paradigms for life-machine symbiosis
Designing for, with, and by nature
Humans can accurately sense the position, speed, and torque of their limbs, even with their eyes shut. This sense, known as proprioceptio...
Complex biological systems such as brain circuits are extended 3-D structures made out of nanoscale building blocks such as proteins, RNA...
An improved method for magnet tracking enables high-speed wireless tracking through various materials.
The extremely dextrous robot features a 24-joint human-hand-like design and took only four minutes to complete the task.
Alicia Lakey receives the Ewing Amputation procedure developed by the Biomechatronics group and Brigham and Women’s Hospital.
Media Lab spinoff company Figur8 has developed a cost-effective, portable system to measure and track human motion.
This research track focuses on the use of computational (and experimental) techniques to understand the biomechanical behavior of human t...
Building socially engaging robots and interactive technologies to help people live healthier lives, connect with others, and learn better
Recent advances in artificial limbs have resulted in the provision of powered ankle and knee function for lower extremity amputees and po...
The human ankle provides a significant amount of net positive work during the stance period of walking, especially at moderate to fast wa...
Recent advancements in orthopedic implants have made way for a new generation of bionic limbs that attach directly to the skeleton. Lever...
During the gait cycle, the human ankle complex serves as a primary power generator while simultaneously stabilizing the entire limb. Thes...
Biomechatronics researcher Tyler Clites and Synthetic Neurobiology researcher Fei Chen are among the 2019 Forbes 30 Under 30 honorees.
Will we all be cyborgs one day? Hugh Herr says he has the answer.
New device gives an amputee the ability to feel the location of his foot
J. Markowitz and H. Herr.
Human Leg Model Predicts Muscle Forces, States, and Energetics during Walking,
PLoS Computational Biology, vol. 5, no. 12, May. 2016.
"During the twilight years of this century, I believe humans will be unrecognizable in morphology and dynamics from what we are today."
New study describes first human implementation of novel approach to limb amputation.