Robotics Engineering, Applied Control and Haptics Lab

The Robotics Engineering, Applied Control and Haptics Lab, located at the University of Wisconsin - Madison, is focused on the investigation of a wide range of human-centered robotics topics including medical robotics, manufacturing, and haptics. Our projects are collaborative in nature and involve researchers from a broad set of disciplines, including the departments of computer science, electrical engineering, biomedical engineering and various departments in the UW-Madison medical school. In addition, many of our projects include collaboration with local and national companies.

Medical Robotics

Our work in Continuum Medical Robotics is focused on designing, modeling, and controlling compliant manipulators for minimally-invasive surgical interventions. Learn more

Human-Friendly Robots

In general, haptic devices can be categorized as impedance-type or admittance-type devices, based on the device characteristics and the control schemes used. Learn more

Industrial Applications

Friction stir welding (FSW) was invented at The Welding Institute (TWI) in the UK in 1991. This relatively new, solid-state joining process differentiates itself from many other welding processes by not melting the workpiece. Learn more


We have been actively involved in outreach event in the community, such as the Engineering EXPO. We are showing our work to young teenagers to provide them an insight into their future engineering path. Learn more

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