Biomechatronics and Intelligent Robotics Lab


Dr. Hao Su, PhD, is an Associate Professor in the Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering at the North Carolina State University. He is also a faculty at the Joint UNC/NCSU Biomedical Engineering Department. He is the Director of Center of Assistive and Personal Robotics for Independent Living (APRIL). He was Irwin Zahn Endowed Assistant Professor at City University of New York, City College. He was a Research Scientist at Philips Research North America where he designed robots for lung surgery, and then a postdoctoral fellow at Harvard University and Wyss Institute for Biologically Inspired Engineering, where he worked with Dr. Conor Walsh. He obtained Ph.D. degree on Surgical Robotics at Worcester Polytechnic Institute. Dr. Su received NSF CAREER Award, Switzer Distinguished Fellow by U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Toyota Mobility Challenge Discover Award, the Best Medical Robotics Paper Runner-up Award in IEEE International Conference on Robotics and Automation (ICRA), Best Student Paper Award, Dynamic Systems & Control Division, American Society of Mechanical Engineers, 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. His work was published in IEEE Transactions on Robotics, Science Robotics, Science Advances, and Nature Machine Intelligence. He serves as Technical Editor of IEEE/ASME Transactions on Mechatronics, associate editor of IEEE Robotics and Automation Letters (RAL), IEEE International Conference on Robotics and Automation (ICRA), IEEE/RSJ International Conference on Intelligent Robots and Systems (IROS), and serves on the Editorial Advisory Board for the International Journal of Medical Robotics and Computer-Assisted Surgery. In addition, Dr. Su is the Conference Chair of the Mechatronics Technical Committee, Dynamic Systems & Control Division, American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME), and the Co-Chair of the Technical Committee on Mechanisms and Design, IEEE Robotics and Automation Society (RAS). He holds patents on surgical robotics and socially assistive robots.






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September 15, 2023


PhD candidate Junxi Zhu received 2022 Best Paper in Mechatronics Award (paper link) that will be officially announced and presented at the Mechatronics TC meeting at the Modeling, Estimation and Control Conference at Lake Tahoe, NV.


September 8, 2023


Our lab has recently published a groundbreaking paper titled "Physically intelligent autonomous soft robotic maze escaper" (paper link) in the prestigious Science Advances and is now available for public access.


August 21, 2023


Dr. Su received 2nd NIH R01 grant and the project title is "Spine-Hip Exoskeletons with Learning-Based Optimal Control for Low Back Pain Alleviation" (1R01EB035404-01), to develop spine-hip exoskeleton for injury mitigation of workers.


April 5, 2023


Biomechatronics and Intelligent Robotics Lab Ph.D. Candidates visited the Brain Tool Laboratory directed by Dr. Patrick Codd with the Department of Neurosurgery and the Pratt School of Engineering at Duke University in Durham, NC.


April 1, 2023


Dr. Su presented the Biomechatronics and Intelligent Robotics Lab latest research about wearable robots at the Wearable Robotics Association WearRAcon 23 hosted in the Hyatt Regency New Orleans, Louisiana


November 20, 2022


Dr. Su gave invited talk with Dr. Thomas Bulea at National Institute of Health titled “Affordable Wearable Robots for Translational Medicine” at Global Perspectives on Medicine, Rehabilitation and Robotics Webinar Series organized by Prof. Michelle Johnson at UPenn and Prof. Rochelle Mendonca at Columbia U..


October 13, 2022


Dr. Hao Su received a Distinguished Switzer Fellowship from the National Institute on Disability, Independent Living, and Rehabilitation Research (NIDILRR). The project title is “Biomechanical Benefits of Lightweight Wearable Robots for Community-Based Mobility Assistance of Children with Crouch Gait from Cerebral Palsy.”


September 18, 2022


Dr. Su received NSF Future of Work grant to design image-guided semi-autonomous surgical robots to protect healthcare workers. The project is titled "Safeguarding the Health of Healthcare Workers During Future Pandemics, Using Robotics and Automation"


July 24, 2022


Professor Su presented the recent research from the Biomechatronics and Intelligent Robotics Lab at the National Workshop on Human-like Robots sponsored by the National Science Foundation (NSF) and hosted in Arlington, VA. Israel Dominguez (BIROLab PhD student) represented our lab in the National Workshop on Human-like Robots (In-Person)