Biorob 2020 will be June 29th – July 2nd in NY.

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About the Lab

The Harvard Biodesign Lab brings together researchers from the engineering, industrial design, medical, and business communities to develop robots and smart medical devices that are specifically intended for interacting and cooperating with humans. Our work is accomplished through new approaches to design and fabrication of actuation and sensing components (e.g. using soft materials) in addition to the development of appropriate control strategies for systems that integrate these components. These technologies are inspired by the results of experiments in human biomechanics and their development is influenced by time spent in the operating room to understand the unmet needs from clinicians. Current research projects focus on wearable robotics to assist disabled and able-bodied people, as well as tools for minimally invasive diagnosis and treatment of disease. Lab members work closely with industrial partners and technical experts to translate these technologies into products that meet real-world medical needs.


Research Highlights

Science Robotics Cover January 2017 - ExosuitThe Soft Exosuit project is featured on the online cover of the January 2017 issue of Science Robotics

Joshua Gafford's work on millimeter-scale force sensors is featured on the cover of the IEEE Sensors journal.

Science Translational Medicine January 2017 cover - DCCEllen Roche et al.'s work on a soft robotic sleeve for supporting heart function is featured on the January 2017 cover of Science Translational Medicine.