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Our group is passionate about analysis, design, and control of dynamic systems.


Principal Investigator

Damiano Zanotto, PhD

Prof. Damiano Zanotto received the B.S. degree (cum laude) in 2005, the M.S. degree (cum laude) in 2007, both in mechanical engineering, and the Ph.D. degree in industrial engineering (concentration in mechatronics) in 2011, all from the University of Padua, Italy. Between 2011 and 2013, he was a postdoctoral researcher at the University of Delaware (Newark, DE). He then became an Assistant Research Scientist at Columbia University (New York, NY).

In 2016, he joined the department of mechanical engineering at Stevens, where he directs the WRS Laboratory. Dr. Zanotto is an affiliated faculty member of Stevens Institute for Artificial Intelligence (SIAI).

Prof. Zanotto is a recipient of the NSF CAREER award and of the Columbia University Translational Fellowship.

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He currently serves in the IEEE-RAS Technical Committee on Mechanisms and Design and in the Editorial Boards of IEEE Robotics and Automation LettersWearable Technologies (Cambridge University Press), and Frontiers in Electronics. He has been associate editor for several international conferences of the IEEE. Prof. Zanotto holds four patents (two published, two pending) in the fields of rehabilitation robotics and wearable technology.

PhD Students

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Ton received a Bachelor’s Degree in Mechanical Engineering in May 2017 with a concentration in Robotics and Automation from Stevens Institute of Technology. He joined the Wearable Robotic Systems Lab in the Fall of 2017 as a Ph.D. student. His research focuses on computational models for lower-extremity wearable systems for movement analysis.

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Shuai graduated from Zhejiang University of Technology with a Bachelor's Degree in Computer Science in 2013. He earned his Master's degree in Flight Vehicle Design from School of Astronautics Northwestern Polytechnical University in 2016.  He joined Stevens in the Fall of 2017 as a PhD student. In the WRS Lab, Shuai has been a focusing on modeling, path planning and control of cable-driven parallel robots.

Huanghe Zhang
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Huanghe received a Bachelor’s degree in Naval Architecture & Ocean Engineering from Huazhong University of Science and Technology in 2014.  In 2016, he received a Master's degree in Mechanical Engineering from Columbia University (New York, NY). At Stevens, he is working towards his Ph.D., focusing on machine learning regression models to improve the accuracy of instrumented footwear for gait analysis in clinical and sport-related applications.

Master's Students

Qianwen Zhao
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Qianwen is currently pursuing her Bachelor’s and Master’s Degrees in Electrical Engineering, with a concentration in Robotics and Control. The anticipated dates of her undergraduate and graduate degrees are December 2018 and December 2019, respectively. She is a recipient of the 2018 Innovation & Entrepreneurship Summer Scholarship.

In the WRS Laboratory, Qianwen has been working on the 2-Degree-of-Freedom Haptic Joystick project, whose goal is to help patients with neurological disorders (e.g. stroke) recover the lost motor functions by exercising their upper limbs at home in a videogame-like virtual environment.



Former PhD students

Huanghe Zhang, PhD

Yufeng Zhang, PhD

Visiting Scholars

Maximilian Dölling

Rodrigo Nogueira

Lorenzo Scalera, PhD

Chiara Passarini, PhD

Master's students

Shubham Patidar

Daniel Rosenson


Saniya Attar


Jack Moss

Patrick Dalrymple

Arun Aruljothi

Daniellle Napoli

Yefei Yin

Yufei Wu

Bo Su

Kiril Manchevski

Roger Kleinmann

UG students

Leo Musacchia


Carly Walker


Luke Magette


Dolcinea Carroll


Matthew Gibson

Joseph J. Yang


Gina Dorsey


Parker Petty

Dominick diMaggio

Deven Woolford

Kelly DiResto

Andrew Underwood

Stefan Olaguera

Thomas Colarusso

Thomas Moran

Kaitlyn R. Casiano

James T. Riley II

Qianwen Zhao

Mey Young Olivares Tay

Emily Cooke

Naomi Javitt

Shelby Stewart

Julia Panko

Michael Frissora

Hanyu Gan

Adam Schmidt

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