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Mechatronics and Robotics

Mechatronics researchers in UW Mechanical Engineering are engaged in an array of groundbreaking projects at the intersections of mechanics, electronics and computing. Much of this work takes place in the area of robotics; our faculty are at the forefront of research in robot-human interaction, nanorobotics, automation and advanced manufacturing. The new devices, technologies, systems and processes being developed in our labs will have lasting impact on industries as diverse as health care, automotive, aeronautics, manufacturing and information technology across the state of Washington and beyond.

Key research areas

  • Robotics and human interaction
  • Robotics for manufacturing
  • Controls and system dynamics
  • Sensors and actuators
  • Compatible nanorobotics for human health
  • Augmented and virtual reality
  • Prosthetic devices
  • Autonomous systems

Research highlights

The Autonomous Insect Robotics Laboratory develops technology aimed at insect-sized robots to create tiny robots capable of sensing and performing in the world without a human operator.

ME faculty are advancing the field of photonics through innovations in imaging technologies, optical scanning, molecular imaging, biomedical diagnostics and instrumentation.

Boeing Advanced Research Center pairs Boeing engineers with students and faculty to develop solutions for Boeing products in the areas of automation, robotics, composites and aircraft assembly.

Focused on amplifying human and robotic interaction, the AMP Lab advances understanding of the dynamics and control of movement to design treatment strategies and assistive technologies that improve function and quality of life.

Award-winning student teams

Husky Robotics designs, builds, programs and competes Mars Rovers in simulated missions while providing students with experience in machining, circuit design, coding and project management.

EcoCAR students at a whiteboard

EcoCAR is converting a Chevrolet Camaro into a hybrid electric vehicle for a student competition sponsored by General Motors and the U.S. Department of Energy.

HuskyADAPT works with the community to modify toys and codesign innovations to improve the lives of individuals with disabilities and support inclusive play for all.

Related News

A mobile robot faces a shelf with a pitcher, bowl, plate, cleaning solution, mug and a spoon.

Mon, 07/31/2023

Human-inspired robotic perception

ME Ph.D. candidate Ekta Samani’s research aims to improve visual perception in autonomous robots.

Headshots of two ME professors

Fri, 07/21/2023 | UW+Amazon Science Hub

Researchers receive UW-Amazon Science Hub support

ME Associate Professor Ashis Banerjee and ME Assistant Professor Mehmet Kurt received funding for projects addressing challenges in robotics and AI innovation.

Close up of tiny sensors on quarter

Tue, 01/17/2023

A new sensing system for tiny flying robots

ME researchers created a sensing system that enables 10-mg aerial robots to control their flight.

Three tiny black electronic components on a fingertip

Thu, 12/22/2022 | IEEE Spectrum

Autonomous flight for tiny robots

A team led by ME Assistant Professor Sawyer Fuller has put together the necessary sensing hardware to enable stable, autonomous flight for tiny robots.