All are welcome to attend
Abstract: "My central research goal is to develop wearable robotic devices that improve mobility and quality of life, especially for people with disabilities. My laboratory uses three complementary approaches. First, we develop tools to speed and systematize the design of prostheses and exoskeletons. Humans are complex, limiting the effectiveness of typical robotics design methods, so we have developed a new approach that utilizes versatile, laboratory-based emulator systems. Second, we leverage our emulators in basic scientific experiments aimed at discovering and characterizing new methods of assistance. Our versatile hardware allows rapid implementation of new ideas, controlled characterization of human response to device functionality, and new approaches to design and prescription involving online adaptation and patient-specific device optimization. Finally, we translate successful approaches into energy-efficient mobile devices. For example, we recently demonstrated an ankle exoskeleton that uses no energy itself yet reduces the metabolic energy cost of human walking. We are currently developing actuators based on electrostatic adhesion that are both energy efficient and controllable, which will enable new types of high-performance wearable robots."From his February 18, 2016 lecture at Stanford, Designing robotic prostheses and exoskeletons that improve human mobility
Biosketch: Steven H. Collins is a new Associate Professor of Mechanical Engineering here at Stanford. Before he arrived on campus he was at Carnegie Mellon University, where he directed the Experimental Biomechatronics Laboratory and taught courses on Robotics and Design. He received his BS from Cornell University in 2002 and his PhD from the University of Michigan in 2008, and performed postdoctoral research at T.U. Delft. He has published in Science and Nature. He is a member of the scientific board of the Dynamic Walking 2013 Conference, the recipient of the American Society of Biomechanics Post-Doctoral Young Investigator Award in 2013, an ICRA Best Medical Robotics Paper winner in 2015, and was recently voted CMU Department of Mechanical Engineering Professor of the Year.