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Robotics and Controls


UW’s Robotics and Controls researchers are leaders in the areas of surgical and bio-robotics, haptics, smart cities, and network control systems. They collaborate with and hold secondary appointments in computer science and engineering, bioengineering, and the UW Medical Center, and are active participants in research centers such as the Center for Sensorimotor Neural Engineering.


Surgical and Bio-Robotics:

Tactile sensing, biomechanics, biomedical modeling and surgical planning.
Faculty: Blake Hannaford, Howard Jay Chizeck, Samuel Burden

Smart Cities:

Cloud-based systems, network of sensors, RFIDs, spectrum development and testing.
Faculty: Lillian Ratliff, Linda Bushnell, Baosen Zhang, Maryam Fazel, Hanneneh Hajishirzi


Telerobotics, virtual reality, mobile device interface and remote surgery.
Faculty: Blake HannafordHoward Jay Chizeck

Network Control Systems:

Communication networks, sensors, command controllers, drones, developing-world applications.
Faculty: Radha Poovendran, Linda Bushnell

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The one ring — to track your finger’s location

Could this be the beginning of a new era of VR and AR tech? ECE doctoral student Farshid Salemi Parizi and Prof. Shwetak Patel have created AuraRing, a 5 DoF electromagnetic ring and wristband combination that can detect the precise location of someone’s finger and continuously track hand movements.


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