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. 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), and IEEE/RSJ International Conference on Intelligent Robots and Systems (IROS). He holds patents on surgical robotics and socially assistive robots.






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March 2021


Two of our co-authored paper with Professor Axel Krieger, Russel H. Taylor and Robin R. Murphy on discussing the role that robots take in tackling with the COVID19 pandemic were published on Nature Machine Intelligence and Science Robotics. Two paper are titled Physical human–robot interaction for clinical care in infectious environments and Progress in robotics for combating infectious diseases.


August 2020


Dr. Su will lead an 8 faculty team from CUNY, NYU and Rutgers with $2.78M National Science Foundation (NSF) Grant to develop Perceptive and Adaptive Soft (PECASO) Robots to impact the future of work at the Human-Technology Frontier.


July 2020


Our paper was named finalist in the Best Student Paper Award and the third prize of Student Design Competition in Advanced Intelligent Mechatronics (AIM 2020 ).


May 2020


Our lab won the second prize of Three in Five Competition in ASME Design of Medical Devices Conference.


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".