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!

BRL featured in the Neuroethics Blog

BRL graduate students Tim Brown and Maggie Thompson are featured in a new article on the Neuroethics Blog, about collaboration and the role of ethics in engineering.  Learn more here about their research and how they create a synergistic work and research environment.

Neuroethics and Engagement Workshop

Last week two of our BRL PhD students presented at the Neuroscience and Ethics Engagement: From Gray Matters to an NSF Engineering Research Center.  Maggie Thompson (EE, left) and Tim Brown (Philosophy, right) participated in the Center for Sensorimotor Neural Engineering workshop, and from their website:

This conference gathers experts in the fields of bioethics and neuroethics to think about ways of engaging ethics and science. The conference will take as its starting point recommendations from the Presidential Commission for the Study of Bioethical Issues report, “Gray Matters: Integrative Approaches for Neuroscience, Ethics, and Society.”

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Welcome to Fall Quarter!

Hello all!  Welcome to fall quarter here at UW.  We have a few announcements and some news:

  • We’d like to welcome new graduate students Momona Yamagami and Benjamin Ferleger!
  • Congrats to Andrew Haddock for passing his General Exam!


Finally, BRL alum Charlie Matlack is a co-founder of the water purifying startup PotaVida.  They were just profiled in the Seattle Times.  Read the article here.

Information for Interested Students

We would like to provide some helpful information for prospective students interested in research at the BioRobotics Lab.  Due to a high volume of interest in our lab, it may not be possible to get an individual response from one of our principal investigators or current graduate students.  Please read the appropriate page below FIRST, before sending an e-mail, and try to be as specific as possible with the name of the project you’re interested in working on.  Thanks!

Undergraduate Students

Graduate Students

Congratulations to our CSNE Summer students!

Last week marked the end of an intensive 10 week summer research program for three of our summer students.  Alex and Magena were participants in the CSNE Research Experience for Undergraduates, and Matt was a participant in the CSNE Research Experience for Veterans.  All three did a fantastic job of delivering a short presentation and then presenting posters.  Thanks for all of your hard work this summer and good luck!