Improving Locomotion through the Design and Control of Wearable Robotics

We design and develop new controllers for wearable robotics (prosthetics and exoskeletons), used to rehabilitate and assist a wide range of patient populations with mobility impairments.  We seek to improve patient mobility by creating assistive devices that are powerful but lightweight and comfortable; delivering intuitive assistance that makes locomotion easier; and developing prescription techniques that fuse gait biomechanics, patient perception, and clinician observation.  See our Research Page for an overview of recent work.

We are always looking for highly motivated and intrinsically curious graduate students to join the lab.  If you are interested in joining, please contact Dr. Shepherd at