BRL Summer Plans!

Our students are going great places this summer!

  • Maggie Thompson is headed to two internships, with Draper Labs this summer and then Northrup Grumman in the fall
  • Tim Brown received a predoctoral fellowship through Humanities Without Borders (learn more here and here)
  • Katherine Pratt is going to be an intern with the Speech, Privacy, and Technology Project at the ACLU’s office in Seattle, WA
  • Kyle Lindgren is going to be an intern with the Army Research Laboratory this summer

BRL in the News

BluHaptics, a spinoff from the BioRobotics Lab, just received $1.3 million in Series A funding from a group of Seattle investors to help it develop a commercial product for delivery later this year.  Check out the coverage from these area journals:


Congrats to BRL professor Blake Hannaford on being named an Amazon Catalyst Fellow.  Read the full article here.


BRL alumnus Fredrik Ryden was featured by UW CoMotion for his work as a Commercialization fellow.  Read more here.

Fredrik and fellow BRL alumnus Charlie Matlack (founder of startup PotaVida) were panel members to prospective EE graduate students as they visited campus last week, discussing how the university supports entrepreneurship.

Winter Quarter Accomplishments, part 2

We’ve had many papers and conference submissions accepted!

-Two papers accepted to the 8th International IEEE Conference on Neural Engineering in Shanghai, China, May 25-28, 2017:

A. Haddock, A. Velisar, J. Herron, H. Bronte-Stewart, H. J. Chizeck, “Model Predictive Control of Deep Brain Stimulation for Parkinsonian Tremor”

B. Houston, M. Thompson, J. Ojemann, A. Ko, H. Chizeck, “Classifier Based Closed-Loop Deep Brain Stimulation for Essential Tremor”

-Paper accepted to be published in IEEE Robotics and Automation Letters:

M. Haghighipanah; M. Miyasaka; B. Hannaford, “Utilizing Elasticity of Cable Driven Surgical Robot to Estimate Cable Tension and External Force,” in IEEE Robotics and Automation Letters , vol.PP, no.99, pp.1-1

-Paper accepted to the Hybrid System Control Conference (HSCC):

A. Pace, S. Burden, “Piecewise–Differentiable Trajectory Outcomes in Mechanical Systems Subject to Unilateral Constraints”

-Paper accepted to the International Conference on Robotics and Automation (ICRA)

A. Pace, S. Burden, “Decoupled limbs yield differentiable trajectory outcomes through intermittent contact in locomotion and manipulation”

Winter Quarter Accomplishments, part 1

As winter quarter draws to a close, we’d like to highlight some of the achievements of our students:


Danying Hu passed her dissertation defense and is now Dr Hu




Junjie Yan passed his general exam










Maggie Thompson passed her general exam





Tyson Heo passed his masters thesis defense!





Also, BRL alums Hannah Werbel (left) and Evan Wang (right) were both awarded Undergraduate Medalists!  Read more about them here.

Congrats to all!