Human Machine Integration Lab

Robotic orthoses, prostheses, and wearable robots for enhanced mobility

Research Thrusts

Compliant Actuators

1. Focused on spring based actuators using Equilibrium Controlled Stiffness and Structure Controlled Stiffness

Prosthetics and Orthotics

1. Designed powered prosthetic ankles and orthoses
2. Co-investigator on projects to assist Stroke Survivors: RUPERT and Foot Mentor


1. We designed hip exoskeletons, HeSA, AirLegs, and PogoSuit
2. We use a Phase Oscillator Controller.
3. Member of the ASTM F48 Committee

Wearable Robotics

1. Wearable Robotics Association
2. Designed a jetpack to enhance running


March 30-April 1: WearRAcon 2020

The week kicks off with the 5th annual WearRAcon 2020 conference. Join wearable robotics professionals and entrepreneurs from industry, medical/rehab, academia, and government at WearRAcon 20! The annual event, now in its 5th year, brings together 300 attendees from across the globe in Scottsdale, AZ

Keynote speaker: Norm Bafunno, Senior VP, Toyota Motor North America (March 20) WearRAcon 2020

April 1: Reception at the WearTech facility WearTech Reception

April 2:- Drone Delivery Challenge Competition (D2C2)

ASU and ASU Research Enterprise will organize an outdoor drone delivery competition. Sponsored by ASME, student teams from Arizona and across the nation will join this full-day event and demonstrate the autonomy and intelligence of low-cost aerial transportation systems.

April 2-3: ASU Southwest Robotics Symposium SWRS 2020

  • ASU Mechanical Engineering Professor Thomas Sugar was featured in the Tech Briefs Podcast, “Here’s an Idea: Engineering Real-Life Superpowers.” Podcast

  • Please check out the IEEE TC on Wearable Robotics

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