About us

The MAHI Lab focuses on the design, manufacture, and evaluation of mechatronic or robotic systems to model, rehabilitate, enhance or augment the human sensorimotor control system. To this end, we employ analytical and experimental approaches from the field of dynamic systems and controls, with inspiration from human motor control and neuroscience. We are also engaged in the development of novel approaches for teaching dynamic systems and controls.

What We Do...

Mechatronics (n): The synergistic combination of mechanical engineering, electronic engineering and software engineering
Haptic (adj.):
Of or relating to the sense of touch

Sensory Feedback for Smart Prosthetics

Researchers aim for 'direct brain control' of prosthetic arms

Engineers work to design prosthetic arm that allows amputees to feel what they touch


Engineering researchers at four U.S. universities are embarking on a four-year project to design a prosthetic arm that amputees can control directly with their brains and that will allow them to feel what they touch. While it may sound like science fiction, the researchers say much of the technology has already been proven in small-scale demonstrations.

The research at Rice University, the University of Michigan, Drexel University and the University of Maryland is made possible by a $1.2 million grant from the National Science Foundation's Human-Centered Computing program.


Open-Source Instrumented Mannequins for Wearable Robots

While optical and magnetic motion capture are powerful tools used in the MAHI Lab to investigate anatomical motion, there are limitations, in particular, for wearable devices for the hand. Adding to work on open-source designs started in the ReNeu Lab at University of Texas at Austin, an instrumented finger has been developed. This modular finger is compatible with soft or semi-soft hand devices such as the Assistive Glove Exoskeleton, with anthopometric sizing of links and joints.

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