Actuation, Sensing and Control of Posture in Dynamic Environments for Improved Vehicle Safety

 

About

We live in very exciting times. What once was science fiction is now becoming reality: Self-driving cars, cars that are aware of their passengers and dynamic external environments, smart cars that may truly successfully accomplish safety for all. However, still missing is a better understanding of humans in the system. Moreover, the right tools to study this extremely important research question are also lacking: The state of the art test dummy technology assumes passive response and hasn’t substantially changed in the last four decades. The central research theme of this collaboration, spanning a wide variety of topics in human biomechanics and robotics, is human-centered driving safety. To that end, this collaboration seeks to create a new generation of human-like test robots as well as other safety-related systems.

 

Faculty and Research Scientist

 

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Michael Gennert
Director, Robotics Engineering
Professor, Computer Science
Professor, Electrical and Computer Engineering
WPI Humanoid Robotics Lab
Email: michaelg@wpi.edu
Hideyuki Kimpara
Visiting Research Scientist – WPI
Sr. Principal Engineer – Toyota Research Institute North America (TRINA)
Email: hkimpara@wpi.edu
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Marko B. Popovic
Professor, Robotics Engineering
Assistant Research Professor, Physics
Associated with Biomedical Engineering
Popovic Labs
Email: mpopovic@wpi.edu
Karen Lindsay Troy
Associate Professor, Biomedical Engineering
Associated with Mechanical Engineering
Musculoskeletal Biomechanics Laboratory
Email: ktroy@wpi.edu

PhD Candidate

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Matthew Bowers
PhD Candidate, Robotics Engineering
Popovic Labs
Email: mpbowers@wpi.edu