J. Edward Colgate

My primary research interest is physical human-robot interaction, including haptic display, teleoperation, and human-assist devices.

Massachusetts Institute of Technology: Ph. D., Mechanical Engineering, 1988
Massachusetts Institute of Technology: S.M., Mechanical Engineering, 1986
Massachusetts Institute of Technology: S.B., Physics, 1983

My teaching interests relate to my research, but also to the broader theme of Engineering Design. I led a team of faculty in the development of Design Thinking and Communication (DTC), which is a two-quarter introduction to the topic required of all engineering freshmen at Northwestern. I also led the development of the Certificate in Engineering Design which can be earned by any engineering undergraduate. Most recently, I worked with Prof. Donald A. Norman to develop the Master of Science in Engineering Design and Innovation, a one-year program that complements graduate-level engineering courses with a broad experience in human-centered design. I continue to direct that program. Prof. Norman and I were also founding co-Directors of the Segal Design Institute.  I am also the instructor for ME 390 Introduction to System Dynamics.  This is a "flipped" course:  students watch lectures on video, and do "homework" in class.

Surface haptic interactions with a TPad tablet

Mullenbach, J., C. Shultz, A. Marie Piper, M. A. Peshkin, and J. E. Colgate, "Surface haptic interactions with a TPad tablet", Proceedings of the adjunct publication of the 26th annual ACM symposium on User interface software and technology - UIST '13 Adjunct, St. Andrews, Scotland, United Kingdom, ACM Press, 2013.