Posted July 31, 2013

As part of a collaboration with Melvin Leok at UCSD, Prof. Murphey has received a three year grant from the National Science Foundation to study numerical methods for mechanical exploration algorithms.

Posted July 22, 2013

Nelson Rosa presented on "The Passive Dynamics of Walking and Brachiating Robots: Results on the Topology and Stability of Passive Gaits" at the International Conference of Climbing and Walking Robots (CLAWAR) held in Sydney July 14-17.

Posted June 17, 2013

Nelson Rosa presented a poster entitled "Open-loop stability of time-based vs. event-based switching in locomotion" at the Dynamic Walking 2013 conference hosted by Carnegie Mellon University. 

Posted May 28, 2013

NxR hosted a group of high school FIRST robotics students Saturday, May 25th. Professor Kevin Lynch and graduate student Matt Elwin gave tours of the lab and spoke to the students about opportunities in robotics research.

Posted May 24, 2013

NxR MS Student Lien Hoffman is heading to Madison, Wisconsin this coming Memorial Day Weekend to compete in the USA Ultimate College Championship. Northwestern's Gungho will be representing the Great Lakes region, and the scoreboard can be followed all weekend here.

Posted May 6, 2013

Prof. Kevin Lynch will be the chair of the Mechanical Engineering Department beginning September 1st 2013. The full story can be found here.

Posted May 1, 2013

NxR Graduate Student Steven Manuel was a finalist for his paper "Perceptual Collapse: The Fusion of Spatially Distinct Tactile Cues Into a Single Percept" at the World Haptics Conference 2013 in Daejeon, South Korea. Congratulations Steven! His abstract is below.

Posted April 29, 2013

Former NxR lab member Patrick Ward (undergraduate researcher, Summer 2012) was signed Saturday April 27th as an undrafted rookie free agent offensive tackle by the Miami Dolphins.

Posted April 23, 2013

Last weekend NxR faculty and students traveled to Chicago's famous Museum of Science and Industry as part of National Robotics Week.  Students and faculty brought live demos of current research projects from nearly all of the NxR research projects to share with the general public.

Posted April 17, 2013

NxR PhD student Yu-Wei Liao had a paper accepted to the 35th Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society (EMBC’13) in Osaka, Japan July 3-7, 2013. Professor Kevin Lynch and PhD student Eric Schearer are co-authors on the paper.

Posted April 10, 2013

Kevin Lynch and Randy Freeman recently received a three-year grant from the Office of Naval Research on Overcoming Noise and Delay in Mobile Sensor Networks. More about the grant can be found at the Northwestern Institute On Complex Systems (NICO) website.

Posted March 14, 2013

NxR postdoctoral researcher Matt Green was selected to receive a National Science Foundation Postdoctoral Research Fellowship in Biology (PRFB) award for fiscal year 2013, Competitive Area #2, Intersection of Biology and Math, Physical Science and Engineering. Congratulations!

Posted March 4, 2013

Professor Malcolm MacIver gave a talk at the Caltech TEDx conference on the Brain on January 18th, 2013. The focus of the talk was on how future neuroprosthetics could be used to expand awareness. The talk can be seen here.

Posted March 2, 2013

Professor Malcolm MacIver is set to appear on two upcoming episodes of "Alien Encounters".  The first, "The Invasion", airs Tuesday, March 5 at 10/9c and the second "The Offspring" is on Tuesday, March 12 at 10/9c.  

Posted February 26, 2013

Join the NxR lab this summer! The Surface Haptics group is looking for talented students to work on an NSF funded research project. Tell us you’re interested at

Posted February 21, 2013

The eight week long course is offered through and is completely free of charge.  The short course description is as follows:

Learn modeling and analysis techniques for electrical, mechanical, and chemical systems and discover how engineered systems that seem very different are actually very similar.

Posted February 20, 2013

Professor Kevin Lynch gave a talk at the UIUC Coordinated Systems Lab on February 20th on "Functional electrical stimulation for restoration of arm function" based on the work of NxR PhD students Eric Schearer and Yu-Wei Laio.

Posted February 6, 2013

Current PhD students Lauren Miller, Alex Ansari, and Jarvis Schultz as well as former Master's student Yoke Peng Leong all had papers accepted to the 2013 American Control Conference taking place in Washington, DC June 17-19.

Posted February 6, 2013

Graduate students Steven Manuel and David Meyer as well as postdoc Michael Wiertlewski were each accepted to present a paper at the IEEE World Haptics Conference 2013 in Daejeong, Korea April 14-17, 2013.

Posted January 17, 2013

Izaak presented at the 2013 Annual Meeting of the Society for Integrative and Comparative Biology in San Francisco on Saturday January 5th 2013. His presentation was titled "Knifefish surge like eels while heaving like trout." The abstract can be seen below.

Posted December 15, 2012

We had a big turnout, too much food, and lots of great beer at the annual NxR holiday party and gift exchange.  Stars of the evening included Zombie Dust, Delirium Tremens, a robot spaceman, and a signed photograph of Northwestern star student-athlete and former lab member Patrick Ward.  A great way to celebrate a great year!

Posted December 6, 2012

Along with the dedication of the new Willens Wing, the Laboratory for Intelligent Mechanical Systems (LIMS) has joined with the Hartmann SeNSE Lab and the MacIver Lab to form the Northwestern Neuroscience and Robotics Lab (NxR).  The evolution reflects the new levels of collaboration facilitated by the new laboratory space which now houses all of the affiliated faculty and their students in a common space. 


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