People

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

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Principal Investigator

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Damiano Zanotto, PhD
dzanotto@stevens.edu

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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Huanghe Zhang
hzhang82@stevens.edu
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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.

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Yufeng Zhang
yzhan21@stevens.edu
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Yufeng graduated from Southwest Petroleum University with a Bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering in 2014. He continued his study in Mechanical Engineering and received a Master’s degree from Stevens Institute of Technology in 2016. Currently, he is a Ph.D. student in the Wearable Robotic Systems Lab. His research interests include lower-extremity exoskeletons and robot-assisted gait training.

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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.

Master's Students

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Qianwen Zhao
qzhao10@stevens.edu
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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.

Undergraduate students

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Deven Woolford
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Deven is an undergraduate student and a Pinnacle Scholar at Stevens Institute of Technology, pursuing his Bachelor’s in Mechanical Engineering. He is working in the Wearable Robotic Systems Lab on the development of pediatric instrumented insoles for gait analysis in children movement disorders, focusing on implementation and testing of wearable sensors to estimate stride width.

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Justin Ip
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Justin is pursuing his Bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering with a minor in Entrepreneurship. He joined the Wearable Robotic Systems Laboratory in his freshman year in the Fall of 2018 and since then, he has been involved in several projects involving motion data analysis. Since the Summer of 2019, Justin has been assisting in the development of the Instrumented Combat Boots for injury prevention of  military personnel.

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Andrew J. Underwood
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Andrew is an undergraduate at Stevens Institute of Technology and is pursuing his Bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering. In Summer 2019, he joined the Wearable Robotics Systems Lab as a Pinnacle Scholar. Andrew is working on the design and fabrication of the next generation of PediSole, a pediatric insole for gait analysis in children with movement disorders.

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Stefan Olaguera
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Stefan is a Mechanical Engineering undergraduate at Stevens Institute of Technology. Through the Pinnacle Scholars program, he joined the Wearable Robotic Systems Lab in Summer 2019. His project is centered on the Instrumented Combat Boots, for which he is responsible for developing and testing wearable stretchable and flexible sensors to estimate 3D ankle joint motion.

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Kaitlyn Casiano
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Kaitlyn is currently an undergraduate at Stevens Institute of Technology. She is working towards her Bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering with a focus on medical devices. In the Wearable Robotic Systems Lab, Kaitlyn has been testing sensors that allow for gait analysis in children with movement disorders.

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Thomas Colarusso
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Thomas is an undergraduate student at Stevens Institute of Technology and a Pinnacle Scholar. He is currently pursuing a Bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering with plans to continue his study for a Master’s degree in Mechanical Engineering. In the Wearable Robotics Systems Lab, Thomas has been working on the characterization of sole-embedded optical sensors to detect 3D ground reaction forces for special forces operators.

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James T. Riley II
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James is currently a sophomore at Stevens Institute of Technology majoring in Mechanical Engineering with a minor in Physics. James is also a recipient of the 2019 Innovation and Entrepreneurship summer scholarship. He joined the WRS Lab in the summer of 2019 and since then he has been working on the 2-Degree-of-Freedom Haptic Joystick project. The goal of this project is to help patients who suffered a neurological injury (e.g. stroke) recover the lost motor functions by exercising their upper limbs at home in a videogame-like virtual environment. 

Alumni

UG students

Mey Young Olivares Tay

molivar1@stevens.edu

Emily Cooke
ecooke1@stevens.edu

Naomi Javitt
naomijavitt@gmail.com

Shelby Stewart
sstewar4@stevens.edu

Julia Panko
jpanko@stevens.edu

MS students

Patrick Dalrymple

pdalrymp@stevens.edu

Yefei Yin

yyin14@stevens.edu

 

Yufei Wu

ywu66@stevens.edu

Bo Su
bsu4@stevens.edu

Kiril Manchevski
kmanchev@stevens.edu

Roger Kleinmann
rkleinma@stevens.edu

Visiting Scholars

Lorenzo Scalera
scalera.lorenzo@spes.uniud.it

Chiara Passarini
chiara.passarini@phd.unipd.it