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Robotic locomotion, Legged robots, Nonlinear controls, Dynamic modeling, Hybrid systems, Multi-agent coordination, Energy optimization, Human walking, Robot-assisted rehabilitation, Underactuation, Mechatronics.
Dr. Yan Gu joined the Department of Mechanical Engineering at the University of Massachusetts Lowell as an Assistant Professor in September 2017. Her research investigates dynamic modeling and nonlinear control of hybrid, physically-interactive mechanical systems under full actuation and/or underactuation. Particularly, she is interested in achieving stable, versatile, agile, and energy efficient bipedal robotic walking through full-order dynamic modeling and nonlinear controls. Dr. Yan Gu also has a broad interest in biologically inspired energy minimization of legged robotic locomotion as well as robot-assisted human walking.