• Research

    Wearable Robotics
    Biomechanics of movement
    Mechatronic Systems

    My research centers on building human-assistance devices and on understanding how to make them work most effectively with the body.  The goal is to help people to regain capabilities they have lost, or enable people to perform feats that were not previously possible.  Specifically, my research interests include designing flexible human interfaces for mechanical and electrical systems, understanding human biomechanics and the body’s internal control strategy, and creating sensors and control systems for wearable robots.

  • Publications

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  • Professional History

    2015–Present, Virginia Tech, Dept. of Mechanical Engineering, Assistant Professor
    2014–2015, Harvard University/Wyss Institute, Research Scientist
    2012–2014, Harvard University/Wyss Institute, Postdoctoral Researcher
    2010–2012, Stanford University, Postdoctoral Researcher
    2004–2010, Stanford University, Doctoral Researcher
  • Awards and Honors

    2016 – IREK12 Interdisciplinary Rehabilitation Engineering Research Career Development Scholar
    2015 – Google Faculty Research Award
    2014 – Best Poster, IDEAS Symposium, Harvard University
    2006 – Best Video, International Conference on Robotics and Automation
    2002 – National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship


Ph.D., Electrical Engineering, Stanford University, 2010
M.Eng., Electrical Engineering, MIT, 2003
B.S., Physics, 2003
B.S., Electrical Engineering, 2002

(540) 231-7768
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635 Prices Fork Road
Blacksburg, VA 24061

Laboratory — Assistive Robotics Lab

Alan Asbeck

Assistant Professor