Posted June 28, 2019

NxR students traveled to Europe to attend the Robotics: Science and Systems conference in Freiburg im Breisgau, Germany. A total of 12 students traveled to support multiple papers, posters, and workshop talks, as well as to host their own workshop on the use of AI in the field of human-machine interaction. Congratulations to the students for a productive conference!

Posted May 1, 2019

On May 14th, Mitra Harmann will receive the Charles Deering McCormick Professor of Teaching Excellence Award for outstanding performance and dedication to undergraduate education at Northwestern University.

Posted April 10, 2019

Congratulations to NxR graduate students Chris Miller and Milli Schlafly, who have been award the National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship. Chris was also awarded the National Defense Science and Engineering Graduate Fellowship.

Posted March 25, 2019

MacIver on Sean Carroll's Mindscape Podcast: Sensing, Consciousness, and Imagination (link to podcast). From Sean Caroll's Podcast Website: 

Posted August 22, 2018

Graduate student Rebecca Fenton Friesen is attending the Hand Brain Technology Conference in Ascona, Switzerland, August 26-31. She'll be presenting her work investigating tactile pitch perception of surface textures using haptic displays.

Posted July 3, 2018

Congratulations to NxR graduate students Ana Pervan and Kyra Rudy, who have been awarded the NSF Graduate Research Fellowship. Congratulations also to NxR graduate student Tito Fernandez, who received honorable mention.

Posted July 3, 2018

"Modern Robotics: Mechanics, Planning, and Control," Kevin Lynch and Frank Park (Cambridge University Press 2017), is now available as a MOOC (massive open online course) specialization on Coursera! The specialization consists of six four-week courses with a capstone project on mobile manipulation.

Posted July 3, 2018

On July 1, 2018, Kevin Lynch became Editor-in-Chief of the IEEE Transactions on Robotics.  He joins Prof. Todd Murphey on the editorial board.  Prof. Murphey is currently one of the six Senior Editors.

Posted December 7, 2017

Open Robotics (formerly the Open Source Robotics Foundation) just released a montage video showcasing a variety of robotics projects that have been built on the Robot Operating System (ROS).

Posted October 4, 2017

Kevin Lynch has received the 2017 IROS Harashima Award for Innovative Technologies, awarded by the IEEE/RSJ In

Posted August 4, 2017

Professor Malcolm MacIver was interviewed on the recent PNAS study on why our fish ancestors made the leap on to land 385 million years ago. The interview was for the PBS science and technology show SciTechNow and was conducted by Hari Sreenivasan. Here's the news clip.

Posted May 30, 2017

Kevin Lynch and Frank Park's new textbook, "Modern Robotics:  Mechanics, Planning, and Control," has just been published by Cambridge University Press.  The freely downloadable preprint of the book and its software can be found at the book's website,  Brief video lectures accompanying the book are coming shortly.

Posted April 24, 2017

Over 380 members of the public attended a panel on the promises and perils of AI at the Harold Washington Library on April 13 2017. The event co-sponsored by the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and Illinois Humanities.

Posted March 7, 2017

In a new PNAS study, NxR's Malcolm MacIver, Ugurcan Mugan, and Todd Murphey show that eyes greatly increased in size just prior to vertebrates coming out of water to live on land, nearly 400 million years ago.

Posted February 22, 2017

A new Perspective in the journal Neuron by NxR faculty Malcolm MacIver and co-authors, entitled "Neuroscience Needs Behavior: Correcting a Reductionist Bias", has touched a nerve in social media, garnering 900 tweets reaching an upper bound of one million followers since its publica

Posted October 25, 2016

A study by Yu, Graff, Bresee, Man and Professor Hartmann, published in the journal Science Advances and featured as a graphic highlight on the journal’s website, was widely reported on in the popular science media both domestically and internationally.  The study showed that rats use their whiskers to sense the direction of airflow.

Posted October 14, 2016
The robotics intro textbook is now published online (before later print publishing) at
It will undergo some further refinement before final publishing, so your feedback is most welcome!
Posted October 3, 2016

Professor Brenna Argall discusses research progress on smart wheelchairs. You can hear more at the following address:

Posted May 4, 2016

NxR professor Malcolm MacIver will be hosting a Reddit “Ask Us Anything” session at 1 pm ET May 4, 2016.


Posted March 3, 2016

The five-year, $525,000 grant will help people with a wide variety of disabilities who can benefit from robotic devices.
More information can be found at:

Posted December 9, 2015
NxR is featured heavily in McCormick's new advertising video!
Posted December 9, 2015

Engineers at Northwestern University’s McCormick School of Engineering are working to incorporate touch into robotics. Researchers have developed a new robotic manipulation system that uses tactile sensors and a high-speed camera vision system to catch and manipulate objects. The goal is to give robots the same manipulation capabilities as humans.

Posted December 9, 2015

NxR members Kevin Lynch, Nick Marchuk, and Matt Elwin's new book Embedded Computing and Mechatronics with the PIC32 Microcontroller is now available!  This book is based on the course ME 333 Introduction to Mechatronics here at Northwestern.  For more information, please see

Posted November 13, 2015
Elementary school kids assembling a circuit

NxR PhD student Nelson Rosa Jr. was an invited guest at a local after-school science program, Jugando con la Ciencia (Playing with Science).


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