Mechatronics & Robotics


Mechatronics integrates electronics, controls, and computers in the design of high performance systems. Most modern products - automobiles, household appliances, printers, hard-disk drives, surgical tools, to name a few - embody numerous 'intelligent' or 'smart' features enabled by mechatronics.

Mechatronic design strives to produce higher performance at lower costs, a critical goal in the tech sector in today's economy. Our mechatronic systems research focuses on:

  • Micro and nanopositioning systems
  • Haptic devices
  • Bio-inspired compliant systems


  • Nanomanipulation and nano manufacturing
  • Robotics
  • Smart materials and structures
  • Structural health monitoring
  • Haptic interface and robotics
  • Production and application of nanostructured materials
  • Kinematics and synthesis of mechanisms
  • Human-robot interactions
  • Networked multi-agent systems

Recent News

U-M startup says robotic food deliveries have quadrupled.

This represents the future of research—rapid prototyping of open-source robotic hardware and embedded systems with shared code.

ME Professor Emeritus Yoram Koren talks about current trends of mass customization and individualized manufacturing and his vision of the 21st-century manufacturing industry in this interview.

Built to handle falls, and with two extra motors in each leg, the new robot will help U-M roboticists take independent robotic walking to a whole new level.

How a hopping mouse and information theory could inform robotic locomotion

Improving the functionality of robotic and manufacturing systems "comes down to understanding your system and identifying a strategy for improving performance," says ME Assistant Professor Kira Barton, whose laboratory combines fundamental and experimental modeling and controls research, from multi-agent coordination to additive manufacturing