Biomechatronics and Intelligent Robotics Lab


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

Two of our works were awarded in the 2020 IEEE/ASME International Conference on Advanced Intelligent Mechatronics (AIM 2020): Quasi Direct Drive Actuation for a Lightweight Hip Exoskeleton with High Backdrivability and High Bandwidth was selected finalist in the Best Student Paper Award, and An Untethered Electro-Pneumatic Soft System for People with Foot Drop received the third prize of Student Design Competition. First authors are the PhD student Shuangyue Yu and the undergraduate student Lizzette Salmeron, respectively, mentored by Prof. Su. [Video 1] [Video 2] [Award 1] [Award 2]


May 2020

Our paper Untethered Electro-Pneumatic Exosuit for Gait Assistance of People with Foot Drop received the second prize of Three in Five Competition in ASME Design of Medical Devices Conference. This paper was led by undergraduate students Lizzette Salmeron and Gladys Juca and mentored by Prof. Su. [Video] [Award 1] [Award 2]

Lizzette Salmeron

Gladys V. Juca Castro


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

IROS2020 workshop Mechanisms and Design: from Inception to Realization is accepted.
Prof. Su is the organizer with Profs. Matei Ciocarlie at Columbia, Kyu-Jin Cho at Seoul National University, Darwin Lau at Chinese University of Hong Kong, Claudio Semini at Istituto Italiano di Tecnologia, Damiano Zanotto at Stevens Institute of Tech.


Jan 2020

The President of City College of New York visited the lab to know more about the NIH R01 grant. Prof. Su gave an introduction about the lab to the President. PhD and undergraduate students presented their soft robot projects.


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.



Dr. Hao Su and lab members attended the Northeast Robotics Colloquium (NERC) 2019 in Philadelphia, PA. We presented 3 posters.
1. Soft Wearable Robots for Injury Prevention and Performance Augmentation
2. Lightweight and Backdrivable Knee Exoskeletons for Injury Prevention and Pediatric Rehabilitation
3. Soft and Strong Actuators for Upper Limb Augmentation



Lab members attended the 27th CAST-USA Annual Convention, whose theme is Advance Science and Technology for the Benefit of Humanity. Lab members had fun with Prof. Eric R. Kandel, M.D. who is the members of the United States National Academy of Sciences and the Nobel Prize laureate in Physiology or Medicine. 2 students won the Best Poster Award




Prof. Arockia Selvakumar from Vellore Institute of Technology, India visited our Lab




Biomechatronics Lab hosted visiting students Shotaro Higashi and Aiman Faruq from Toyohashi University of Technology, Japan in September




Prof. Kyujin Cho from Seoul National University delivered the IEEE RAS Distinguished Lecture on soft robotics.





Dr. Hao Su and lab members attended Rehabilitation Robotics Symposium: From Design to Clinical Application Dr. Su delivered invited talk “Soft, Strong, and Smart Wearable Robots for Mobility and Manipulation Assistance”. The talk was well-received by the audience consisting of clinicians, physical therapist, and engineers.





PhD students Selina and Hang mentored three high school students from CT and NJ.





BMW engineer visited Biomechatronics Lab




Biomechatronics Lab hosted a birthday party for Howard




Drs. Chen Feng, Ludovic Righetti, and Su organized Soft Robotics and Learning workshop. More than 50 people attended the workshop.




Best Paper Finalist, Three in Five Competition, ASME Annual Design of Medical Devices Conference




Dr. Hao Su co-organized CIPASS Mechatronics Workshop with Jorge Gonzalez-Cruz, Dr. Feridun Delale, and Dr. Fred Moshary of the CIPASS Experiential Learning Team. Invited guests include Brian Wilson (CEO, DuroUAS), Dr. Biao Zhang (lead principal scientist, ABB), Ranjan Mishra (principal engineer, Medtronic), and Dale Swarts (Senior Director,Stryker).


Congratulations for Viktor Silivanov, Hadia Perez, Brian Lynn, and Tom Park for receiving the fellowship and successfully defending their summer research work on soft exoskeletons sponsored by the CiPASS (CCNY Initiative to Promote Academic Success in STEM) program. What a summer! We are proud of your achievement.





Lab's first journal paper is accepted and we will present it in Spain!

J. Wang, X. Li, T. Huang, S. Yu, Y. Li, T. Chen, A. Carriero, M. Oh-Park, H. Su, “Comfort-Centered Design of a Lightweight and Backdrivable Knee Exoskeleton”, IEEE Robotics and Automation Letters (RA-L), 2018




Students Jade Ardinez and Winnie mentored by Prof. Hao Su won $50K Kaylie Prize for Entrepreneurship, Zahn Center, City College of New York


Lab receives the TechSAge Design Competition Finalist sponsored by Georgia Tech and the National Institute on Disability, Independent Living and Rehabilitation Research


Students (Ben Bokser, Valentin Adesman, Michael Sidoo, Diego Monastra, Brian Lui, Richard Wilson) mentored by Prof. Hao Su receive Jack & Shelly Feinstein Best Senior Design Team Award and $10K Zahn startup Competition semi-finalist, 2018 spring


Research assistant Brian Lynn received Peter L. Tea Award for undergraduate research



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



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



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


I am honored to join the Technical Committee on Mechanisms and Design of the IEEE Robotics and Automation Society (RAS) as a Junior Chair.



I was promoted to Associate Editor of the Journal: Frontiers in Robotics and AI


Our paper on soft exosuit control was accepted by International Symposium on Wearable Robotics.


I was invited to be an Associate Editor for the International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society (EMBC).


10/2015, MRI-Guided Robot: The Brains Behind Better Neurosurgery? , IEEE Xplore Innovation Spotlight, by IEEE


07/2015, Inside an MRI, a Non-Metallic Robot Performs Prostate Surgery , IEEE Spectrum, by Eliza Strickland


I received the Philips Innovation Transfer Award for contribution to electromechanial system design for clinical simulations.


I was invited to be an Associate Editor for the IEEE International Conference on Robotics and Automation 2015.


I was the conference committee member and organization chair of Catheter Robotics session for ASME Design of Medical Devices Conference 2014.