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

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

FlexDex Surgical, an innovative medical device company founded by Mechanical Engineering Associate Professor Shorya Awtar and Medical School Professor James Geiger, has received coverage from several media outlets