Robotics Colloquium Series Presents: Dr. Marko B. Popovic | Wearable, bioinspired robots, and universal manipulation


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WPI Robotics Engineering
Friday, February 14, 2020
2:00 pm to 3:00 pm
Floor/Room #: 
Room 1002


Dr. Marko B. Popovic

Worcester Polytechnic Institute

Wearable, bioinspired robots, and universal manipulation


Friday, February 14, 2020

2:00 pm – 3:00 pm

Gateway Park 60 Prescott St.| Rm. 1002


Abstract: It is an excellent time to be a robotics researcher. Robots, synonym for synthetic organisms, are expected to soon take part in almost every aspect of our future existence. There exists a large variety of attractive topics and creative ways to make a difference.

The grand theme of Popovic Labs’ research can be best summarized as an endeavor to answer how living systems function and to synthesize systems that have resembling architecture and functionality and/or may improve life. Some of the work is focused on prosthetics and orthotics/exoskeletons that is wearable robots that intimately interact with human to either exchange missing body part or to provide assistance. Some of the work is addressing locomotion of bioinspired robots including those that walk, run, jump, swim, fly and even robots that will operate in trans-gravitational conditions. Finally, some of the work is exploring manipulation (e.g. soft matter), AI, knowledge creation and transfer, and communication including that between practical robots and non-expert users in the real world.

Prof. Popovic will review some of the recent research highlights and discuss future direction.


Bio: Assistant Research Professor Marko B. Popovic is a faculty member of the Physics Department, Biomedical Engineering Department, and Robotics Engineering Program at the Worcester Polytechnic Institute (WPI). He is the founder and director of WPI Popovic Labs. Previously, Popovic held research scientist position at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). Popovic received his PhD in Physics from Boston University, followed by post-doctoral positions at both Harvard University Physics and MIT Biomechatronics group. He single-authored Biomechanics and Robotics, published in 2013 by Pan Standard Publishing. He is author and editor of Biomechatronics published in 2019 by Elsevier. Popovic is an avid and successful inventor. His Hydro Muscle invention received the largest compensation for intellectual property from an industry partner in WPI history. The Boston Patent Law Association (BPLA) program "Invented Here!" selected Popovic’s Hydro Bone invention among top 12 patents from more than 12,000 patents granted in New England in 2018 as part of the BPLA’s initiative to honor the region’s newest and most innovative technologies. Results of his work were showcased by Reuters, The Boston Globe, The New York Times, Channel News Asia, Business Insider, CNBC, Yahoo! News, Toronto Sun, Daily Times Pakistan, UK Eurosport, CNN, TIME Magazine, National Geographic, and many other domestic and overseas media.

Kristen Bronger