Mechanical Engineering: Robotics

The ongoing robotics research in the Department of Mechanical Engineering covers a wide range of topics, such as planning, motion control, multi-agent coordination, and robot-assisted rehabilitation, and involves a variety of robotic platforms including mobile robots, quadrotors, and legged robots. Meanwhile, to prepare our students for the fast-paced, competitive world that will heavily rely on the rapidly advancing robotics technology, the Department of Mechanical Engineering offers a series of undergraduate and graduate level courses in the robotics/control direction.

A NAO humanoid robot developed by SoftBank Group Corp.

A NAO humanoid robot developed by SoftBank Group Corp.



  • Terrain Robotics Advanced Control and Experimentation (TRACE) Lab
    We focus on developing nonlinear control strategies to achieve stable, agile, versatile, robust, and energy-efficient bipedal robotic walking. We are also interested in applying our robotics knowledge and skills to understanding human walking.
  • UMass Lowell NERVE Center
    The UMass Lowell NERVE Center is an interdisciplinary robotics testing, research, and training facility that evaluates robotic capabilities, human performance, and human-robot interaction. The mission of the NERVE Center is to improve the development of robot systems by enabling evaluation across many domains including industrial automation, exoskeletons and wearable robots, and disaster response.