Faculty Research Specializations
Dr. Joseph Schimmels Intelligent design of multi-dimensional mechanical behavior (kinematics and admittance/impedance) for application in physically interacting systems. Current applications include: robotics (e.g., force-guided assembly, grasping), prosthetics (bionic joints), manufacturing (e.g., fixturing, material removal), and vibration isolation (e.g., vehicle/seat suspension design)
Dr. Philip Voglewede Theoretical kinematics applied to robotics and prostheses and general area of dynamics and controls
Dr. Andrew Williams  Humanoid robotics and AI, intelligent humanoid coaches, healthcare robotics

Faculty Feature:

Robotic Dexterity

Dr. Joseph Schimmels does research in robotics and prosthetics. His research focuses on the design of multidimensional mechanical behavior to achieve desired dynamic behavior during physical interaction. His work, in the short-term, is expected to lead to more reliable robotic assembly in manufacturing and, in the long-term, may lead to the level of dexterity needed to have robots function as human assistants. Read the full article.

Researcher: Dr. Joseph Schimmels


Humanoid Robotics

Dr. Andrew Williams and his students have programmed a humanoid robot to demonstrate and do exercises with humans. Williams paired the robot with small groups of college students – and through the use of Nike Fuel wristbands that measure activity, preliminary results indicate that students who worked out with the robot coach outperformed control groups. Dr. Williams is also collaborating with the College of Nursing’s Dr. Robert Topp and Dr. Christopher Simenz, clinical associate professor of exercise science. Read the full article.

Researchers: Dr. Andrew Williams, Dr. Robert Topp, and Dr. Christopher Simenz