LocationMIT Media Lab, E14 Lobby DescriptionFrom lightweight, shared, electric vehicles that fold, to artificial limbs that not only emulat…
Throughout the ages bioluminescence has inspired myths. Long ago, sailors in the Indian Ocean encountered massive bioluminescent blooms as …
P. G. Weyand, M. W. Bundle, C. P. McGowan, A. Grabowski, M. B. Brown, R. Kram, and H. Herr. The fastest runner on artificial legs: Different limbs, similar function?, Journal of Applied Physiology, vol. 107, no. 3, pp. 903–911, Sep. 2009.
Schmitt, P. "Just Build It! A Fully Functional Concept Vehicle Using Robotic Wheels"
R. Kram, A. M. Grabowski, C. P. McGowan, M. B. Brown, and H. M. Herr. Counterpoint: Artificial legs do not make artificially fast running speeds possible, Journal of Applied Physiology, vol. 108, no. 4, pp. 1012–1014, Apr. 2010.
Morgan Stickney is an elite swimmer who's helping pave the way for the next generation of bionic prosthetics and para-athletes.
You’ll likely hear Hugh Herr before you see him.The charismatic leader of MIT’s biomechatronics research group wears two next-generation pr…
C. P. McGowan, A. M. Grabowski, W. J. McDermott, H. M. Herr, and R. Kram. Leg stiffness of sprinters using running-specific prostheses, Journal of the Royal Society Interface, vol. 9, no. 73, pp. 1975-1982, 2012.
A. M. Grabowski, H. M. Herr
Sun, A. "Programmable Surfaces"
K. Endo, D. Paluska, and H.M. Herr. A quasi-passive model of human leg function in level-ground walking, IEEE/RSJ International Conference on Intelligent Robots and Systems (IROS), Beijing, China, Oct. 2006.
"Autonomous operations are critical for the success, safety, and crew survival of NASA deep space missions beyond low Earth orbit, includin…
Biomechatronics head Hugh Herr discusses his research with the No Barriers USA podcast.
H. M. Herr and T. A. McMahon. A trotting horse model, The International Journal of Robotics Research, vol. 19, no. 6, pp. 566–581, Jun. 2000.
The MIT Media Lab’s Open Ocean Initiative is no longer active. This site provides background on some of the people and projects that were a…
Will we all be cyborgs one day? Hugh Herr says he has the answer.
Mental Machine: Labour in the Self Economy, 2022, is a live performance by Kawita Vatanajyankur made in collaboration with Pat Patara…
A space architecture project for the Mechanical Artifact: Ultra Space course in partnership with the Center for Collaborative Arts and Medi…
A. M. Grabowski, C. P. McGowan, W. J. McDermott, M. T. Beale, R. Kram, and H. M. Herr. Running-specific prostheses limit ground-force during sprinting, Biology Letters, vol. 6, no. 2, pp. 201-204, 2010.
Cristina Quinn profiles Morgan Stickney, an elite swimmer who's the first person to undergo a bilateral Ewing amputation.
Dementyev, Artem, et al. "Rovables: Miniature On-Body Robots as Mobile Wearables." Proceedings of the 29th Annual Symposium on User Interface Software and Technology. ACM, 2016.
"No one would ever expect people to build their own heart valves at home"-- Francesca Riccio-Ackerman on inequity in the prosthetic field.
Core77 reports on the Fluid Interfaces group’s work in cyborg botany.
A selection of recent press coverage on Elowan, a plant-robot hybrid designed by Harpreet Sareen and Pattie Maes.
A Parsons and MIT researcher hooked up electrodes to a plant’s leaves to turn it into a robotic sensor.
Rosalind Picard and Kate Darling join other experts to discuss how and why humans empathize with machines.
"Augmented" is a Nova PBS documentary episode that premiers Wednesday, 2/23, featuring Biomechatronics group head Hugh Herr.
A. E. Kerdok, A. A. Biewener, T. A. McMahon, P. G. Weyand, and H. M. Herr. Energetics and mechanics of human running on surfaces of different stiffnesses, Journal of Applied Physiology, vol. 92, no. 2, pp. 469-478, 2002.
A. Hofmann, M. Popovic, and H. Herr. Humanoid standing control: learning from human demonstration, Journal of Automatic Control, vol. 12, no. 1, pp. 16–22, 2002.
Cocoon is our vision of a programmable dream machine from the future. This device would be enabled by the synthesis of many devices under d…
The City Science group uses simulations and visualizations to explain to stakeholders, including citizens, the various "what if" scenarios …
Raffle, H. "Topobo: A 3-D Constructive Assembly System with Kinetic Memory"
Hayes Raffle S., Parkes, A. J., and Ishii, H.
Dhruv Jain, Misha Sra, Jingru Gro, Rodrigo Marques, Raymond Wu, Justin Chiu, Chris Schmandt
T. Farrell, H. Herr
AlMaeeni, Sara, Sebastian Els, Javier Stober, Amna Busoud, Yarjan Abdul Samad, Carlo Iorio, Danielle Wood, Hamad Almarzooqi. "MAD: An Experiment For Material Adhesiveness Determination On-Board The Emirates Lunar Mission's Rashid Rover," IAC 2021, October 2021.
Lin, M. "The RoboScooter"
K. Endo and H. Herr. A model of muscle-tendon function in human walking, IEEE International Conference on Robotics and Automation (ICRA), Kobe, Japan, May 2009.
H. Herr, G. P. Whiteley, and D. Childress. Chapter 5: Cyborg Technology – Biomimetic Orthotic and Prosthetic Technology, SPIE Press, Bellingham, WA, 2003.
H. M. Herr, G. T. Huang, and T. A. McMahon. A model of scale effects in mammalian quadrupedal running, Journal of Experimental Biology, vol. 205, no. 7, pp. 959-967, 2002.
Space architecture projects for the Mechanical Artifact: Ultra Space course in partnership with the Center for Collaborative Arts and Media…
MIT students, faculty, and collaborators gave Lightning Talks during Here be Dragons 2018
Everett Lawson and Matt Carney worked with Biomechatronics group head Hugh Herr to fit Everett with a bionic prosthesis.
Lark, W. "The Anatomy of an Urban Modular Electric Vehicle: How the Architecture of the CityCar Enhances Personal Mobility and Supporting Industries"
H. M. Herr, A. Wilkenfeld, and J. Blaya. Patient-adaptive prosthetic and orthotic leg systems, Proceedings of the 12th Nordic Baltic Conference on Biomedical Engineering and Medical Physics, Reykjavik, Iceland, pp. 123-128, Jun. 2002.
C. Walsh, K. Endo, and H. M. Herr. A quasi-passive leg exoskeleton for load-carrying augmentation, International Journal of Humanoid Robotics, vol. 4, no. 3, pp. 487-506, 2007.
"Think—what are people not expecting to happen yet and how can I make that happen?"
The artist and MIT Media Lab Space Exploration Initiative Arts curator makes work that explores why the seemingly impossible is possible.
Social robots could potentially aid therapists working with autistic children in the future.
Review the caterer's responsibilities and the event host's catering responsibilities
Open-Source Instructions for Building SPRING System
Ribeiro, A. "Graph Dynamics: Learning and Representation"
New optogenetic technique could help restore limb movement, treat muscle tremor.
M. Popovic, A. Goswami, and H. M. Herr. Ground reference points in legged locomotion: Definitions, biological trajectories and control implications, International Journal of Robotics Research, vol. 24, no. 10, pp. 1013-1032, 2005.
A. Seyfarth, H. Geyer, and H. M. Herr. Swing-leg retraction: a simple control model for stable running, The Journal of Experimental Biology, vol. 206, pp. 2547-2555, 2003.
Aisen, B. "An Inertial Measurement-Based Gait Detection System for Active Leg Prostheses"
H. M. Herr and A. M. Grabowski. Bionic ankle-foot prosthesis normalizes walking gait for persons with leg amputation, Proceedings of the Royal Society B, vol. 279, no. 1728, pp. 457–464, Feb. 2012.
Stolyarov, R. M., Burnett, G., & Herr, H. (2017). Translational Motion Tracking of Leg Joints for Enhanced Prediction of Walking Tasks. IEEE Transactions on Biomedical Engineering, 1-1. doi:10.1109/tbme.2017.2718528
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.
The MIT Autonomous Bicycle Project proposes that autonomous bicycles could serve as an alternative to current bike sharing models.
A lightweight research platform to develop autonomous technology Designed to transform bicycle-sharing systems into an on-demand mobil…