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Kira Barton

Kira Barton

Professor, Mechanical Engineering
Professor, Robotics
Miller Faculty Scholar

Barton Research Group


3256 FRB
2505 Hayward St, Ann Arbor, MI 48109

Email: [email protected]
Phone: (734) 764-7293


Ph.D., Mechanical Engineering, University of Illinois, 2010
M.S., Mechanical Engineering, University of Illinois, 2006
B.S., Mechanical Engineering, University of Colorado, 2001

Research Interests

Control theory and applications; iterative learning control; multi-agent systems; human/robot collaborations; smart manufacturing; manufacturing robotics; high-performance micro/nano-scale printing for electrical and biomedical applications

Research Areas

Controls, Manufacturing, Mechatronics & Robotics

Honors & Awards

  • Recognized by SME as one of the 25 Leaders Transforming Manufacturing, 2022
  • Lemelson-MIT Illinois Student Finalist, University of Illinois, 2010
  • ASME Graduate Teaching Fellowship, University of Illinois, 2009-2010
  • IREE NSF Travel Grant, Technical University of Eindhoven, The Netherlands, 2007

Faculty Type


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Model detects indoor or outdoor walks based only on movement data
Real-world walking data informs machine learning model.

U-M ME associate professor's research group wins Manufacturing Leadership Award
The National Association of Manufacturers’ Manufacturing Leadership Council awarded UM-ME Associate Professor Kira Barton’s Research Group a Manufacturing Leadership Award in the Council’s Collaborative Ecosystems category.

ME associate professors identified as two “leaders transforming manufacturing”
ME associate professors Kira Barton and Chinedum Okwudire have been identified by SME - a professional organization dedicated to the exchange of knowledge and resources that generate solutions to manufacturing industry challenges - as two of the 25 leaders transforming manufacturing.

Barton receives ASME DSCD Young Investigator Award
Associate Professor Kira Barton has been selected as the 2017 winner of the ASME Dynamic Systems and Control Division (DSCD) Young Investigator Award.

Barton selected as a Miller Faculty Scholar
This award, endowed by engineering alumnus Larry Miller, is set up to recognize junior faculty members.

Cooperation and Control: A Systems Perspective
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

Twelve ME Faculty Recognized for Prestigious Professional Society Awards in 2015

Barton receives 2015 UIUC MechSE Outstanding Young Alumni Award
This award recognizes UIUC MechSE alumni who have distinguished themselves in a professional or technical capacity early in their career

Barton receives SME Outstanding Young Manufacturing Engineer Award
Since 1980, this Award has recognized manufacturing engineers, age 35 or younger, who have made exceptional contributions and accomplishments in the manufacturing industry

ME Plays Integral Role in MSEC 2014
ME Lab Tour to be Part of MSEC 2014

Barton selected as NSF CAREER awardee
CAREER awards recognize junior faculty who exemplify the role of teacher-scholars through outstanding research and education