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Center for Robotics and Biosystems

Innovating at the confluence of robotic and biological systems

About the Center

The Center for Robotics and Biosystems is working toward a future where humans and robots collaborate seamlessly to achieve what is currently impossible; where sensors, actuators, and controllers are inspired by biological principles; and where robotics and computational modeling lead to breakthroughs in our understanding of human and animal neuromechanics. Because our future will benefit from the synergistic co-evolution of humans and robots, the center’s research focuses on the science and engineering of embodied intelligence.

This research is highly interdisciplinary. Accordingly, the center consists of faculty and students from several departments who share ideas, facilities, and research space. Faculty in the center have appointments in mechanical engineering, biomedical engineering, computer science, the medical school, and the Shirley Ryan AbilityLab (the former Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago).  The common research space promotes the cross-pollination of ideas.



The Center for Robotics and Biosystems is part of the McCormick School of Engineering.

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Our Strengths

From the classroom to the lab to the marketplace, the Center for Robotics and Biosystems is moving the field of robotics into the next era.


In addition to many academic departments at Northwestern, the center brings together resources, space, labs, facilities, and people from numerous groups and institutions both internal and external to the University.

Explore Collaborations


In addition to the Master of Science in Robotics Program, the center oversees and collaborates on numerous educational opportunities including undergraduate and PhD concentrations, online Coursera courses, and undergraduate clubs and robotics competitions.
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Tech Transfer

Boasting numerous spinoffs and patents, the center seeks to continue connecting companies with up-and-coming roboticists.
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A Space for Collaboration

Cross-pollination of ideas through shared space

Explore our home that includes specialized laboratories; a high-ceilinged atrium for flying drones; a makerspace; and a wide-open collaboration space that the researchers call the “robot zoo.”

Creating the Future of Human/Robot Systems

"We envision a future where humans and robots work together seamlessly. We are working on robots to augment human abilities, not replace them."

-- Kevin Lynch, Director of the Center for Robotics and Biosystems

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