Katherine J. Kuchenbecker

Katherine J. Kuchenbecker

Adjunct Professor
Mechanical Engineering and Applied Mechanics (MEAM)

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Honors and Awards:  IEEE Robotics and Automation Society Academic Early Career Award - 2012, Citation for Meritorious Service as a Reviewer for the IEEE Transactions on Haptics - 2011 and 2008, PopTech Science and Public Leadership Fellow - 2011, Ford Motor Company Award for Faculty Advising - 2010, NSF CAREER Award - 2009, Best Hands-on Demonstration - IEEE World Haptics Conference - 2009, Best Haptic Technology Paper - IEEE World Haptics Conference - 2007

Research Expertise: Haptics | Robotics | Mechanical Systems

*Professor Kuchenbecker is presently on leave from the University of Pennsylvania and is thus not taking any new students in her research group.* Katherine researches the design and control of robotic systems that enable a user to touch virtual objects and distant environments as though they were real and within reach. These haptic interfaces combine electromechanical sensors and actuators with high-speed computer control to fool the human sense of touch. By studying applications such as robot-assisted surgery, tablet computers, stroke rehabilitation, and personal robots, Katherine seeks to improve our understanding of haptic feedback and uncover new opportunities for its use in interactions between humans, computers, and machines.

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