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.


The REACH lab is involved in a host of applied and fundamental research projects. Much of the lab’s work is interdisciplinary and collaborative. Areas of interest include medical robotics, haptics, human-robot interaction, manufacturing, and electromechanical systems. Learn more


The REACH lab's capabilities are derived from the expertise, enthusiasm, and teamwork of its graduate and undergraduate students. The REACH lab students have a broad range of skills, spanning the disciplines of mechanical and electrical engineering and computer science. Learn more


The REACH Lab contains approximately 850 square feet of laboratory space equipped for conducting robotics research. The laboratory is equipped with an array of electronic instrumentation, power and control electronics, and fabrication equipment, including specialized hardware for electromechanical system development, medical robotics, manufacturing, and haptics research. Learn more


The REACH group is actively involved in local outreach. We participate in campus sponsored events such as the UW-Madison Engineering EXPO and the UW-Madison summer PEOPLE program. In addition, we regularly make visits to local elementary, middle, and high schools (bringing live, interactive demonstrations) and host lab tours to visiting groups interested in learning more about robotics. Learn more


  • NASA University Leadership Initiative Lunch and Learn Industrial systems engineering  professor Robert Radwin and REACH lab Ph.D. student Mike Hagenow recently traveled to Washington DC to take part in the NASA University Leadership Initiative (ULI) project lunch and learn. They were joined by the other round awardees from University of Illinois-Urbana Champaign and Carnegie Mellon University as well as staff from the NASA Aeronautics ...
  • Congratulations: Guru Subramani has successfully defended his Ph.D. Dissertation June 5th, 2019: Please join me in congratulating Guru on the successful defense of his Ph.D. dissertation: “Recognizing and inferring physical actions from human demonstrations for robot programming”.  Congrats to Guru and thank you for all of the hard work!
  • NASA Project Funded (Aviation Manufacturing) A new project has been funded through the National  Aeronautics and Space Administration’s (NASA) University Leadership Initiative.  Greater detail is provided below: University of Wisconsin-Madison engineering professor Michael Zinn is working to improve the efficiency, flexibility and safety of the aviation manufacturing industry as part of a new NASA-funded project. Zinn, an associate professor of mechanical engineering, is collaborating with computer ...
  • Congratulations: Bolun Zhang and Kaitlyn Gabardi Receive Teaching Awards Bolun Zhang received the F. M. Young Distinguished Teaching Award granted by Pi Tau Sigma, an international Mechanical Engineering Honor Society for the second time.  Bolun was working as a teaching assistant for ME 342 – design of machine elements.   Kaitlyn Gabardi received the TA of the Year Elective Course award from the Department of Biomedical Engineering.  Kaitlyn ...
  • UW-Madison TV Spot UW-Madison television spot aired during 2018-2019 football and basketball games.  Watch carefully and you’ll see Prof. Zinn and the lab.

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