Biomechatronics and Intelligent Robotics Lab


Hao Su is Irwin Zahn Endowed assistant professor in the Department of Mechanical Engineering at the City University of New York, City College and the Director of the Lab of Biomechatronics and Intelligent Robotics (BIRO). He was a postdoctoral research fellow at Harvard University and the Wyss Institute for Biologically Inspired Engineering. Prior to this role, he was a Research Scientist at Philips Research North America where he designed robots for lung and cardiac surgery. He obtained the Ph.D. degree on Surgical Robotics from the Department of Mechanical Engineering at Worcester Polytechnic Institute. Dr. Su received NSF CAREER Award,Toyota Mobility Challenge Discover Award, the Best Medical Robotics Paper Runner-up Award in the IEEE International Conference on Robotics and Automation (ICRA) and Philips Innovation Transfer Award. He received the Advanced Simulation & Training Award from the Link Foundation and Dr. Richard Schlesinger Award from the American Society for Quality. He holds patents on surgical robotics and socially assistive robots.






We gratefully acknowledge the supports from:


Apr 2020


Prof. Su received a National Science Foundation CAREER award for $552K, the agency's highest honor for faculty members at the start of their research and teaching careers.


Mar 2020


Our lab won the second prize of WearRAcon Innovation Challenge.


Feb 2020


Our work in collaboration with Prof. Jie Yin at NCSU is accepted for publication in Science Advances. Title is "Leveraging Elastic instabilities for Amplified Performance (LEAP): spine-inspired high-speed and high-force soft robots".


Jan 2020


Our IROS2020 workshop Mechanisms and Design: from Inception to Realization is accepted.


Nov 2019


Prof. Su is named Irwin Zahn Endowed Assistant Professor to recognize his teaching excellence.


Oct 2019


Our lab received NIH R01 grant to study data-driven highly-dynamic cyber-physical systems that combine high-performance actuators and artificial intelligence to develop exoskeletons and prostheses in collaboration with Dr. Hartmut Geyer at CMU.


Sep 2019


Our lab received $1.3M grant to establish the Center of Assistive and Personal Robotics for Independent Living (APRIL) that will develop affordable wearable robots for people with disabilities.


Sep 2018


Dr. Su received National Robotics Initiative grant from NSF to develop soft wearable robots and machine learning methods to reduce injuries for workers.


Apr 2018


Our lab won Toyota Mobility Challenge Discover Award out of 96 international teams, congratulations to every team member!


Mar 2018

Our paper on high torque density actuator was accepted for Dynamic Walking Conference 2018.


Feb 2018

Our paper on soft exo-sheath for hand rehabilitaiton was accepted for IEEE Conference on Soft Robotics 2018.