RBE 595 – Synergy of Human and Robotic Systems


Zhi Jane Li

Office: 85 Prescott 223C

Email: zli11 [at] wpi.edu


This course covers topics on (1) the design and motion control of robotic systems that can be directly controlled by human (e.g., exoskeletons), teleoperated by human (e.g., tele-medical robot) and collaborate with human (e.g., mobile humanoid nursing robot), and (2) how human and robotic systems can synergistically work towards a shared goal to achieve high overall performance. Students will how to analyze and control the motion of human and robots, and to unite the knowledge in these two fields in the applications such as bio-inspired motion control, shared-autonomous control, and robot learning from human demonstrations. Students are expected to work individually on math problems, implement Matlab simulations, conduct literature review, and collaborate on course projects. Based on their background and research interest, students can choose among course projects that focus on mechanical design, control and learning algorithm, and studies on human motion and human-robot interaction.


Undergraduate Linear Algebra, kinematics and dynamics in robotics, basic statistics, and programming experience in Matlab.

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