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Edward ColgateBreed Senior Professor of DesignProfessor of Mechanical Engineering

My primary research interest is physical human-robot interaction, including haptic display, teleoperation, and human-assist devices.

Curriculum Vitae

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Massachusetts Institute of Technology: Ph. D., Mechanical Engineering, 1988

Massachusetts Institute of Technology: S.M., Mechanical Engineering, 1986

Massachusetts Institute of Technology: S.B., Physics, 1983

My teaching interests relate to my research, but also to the broader theme of Engineering Design. I led a team of faculty in the development of Design Thinking and Communication (DTC), which is a two-quarter introduction to the topic required of all engineering freshmen at Northwestern. I also led the development of the Certificate in Engineering Design which can be earned by any engineering undergraduate. Most recently, I worked with Prof. Donald A. Norman to develop the Master of Science in Engineering Design and Innovation, a one-year program that complements graduate-level engineering courses with a broad experience in human-centered design. I continue to direct that program. Prof. Norman and I were also founding co-Directors of the Segal Design Institute.  I am also the instructor for ME 390 Introduction to System Dynamics.  This is a "flipped" course:  students watch lectures on video, and do "homework" in class.

Friesen, R. Fenton, M. Wiertlewski, M. A. Peshkin, and J. E. Colgate, "The contribution of air to ultrasonic friction reduction", World Haptics Conference (WHC), 2017 IEEE: IEEE, pp. 517–522, 2017. Google Scholar 

Wiertlewski, M., R. Fenton Friesen, and J. E. Colgate, "Partial squeeze film levitation modulates fingertip friction", Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, vol. 113, pp. 9210–9215, 2016. Google Scholar 

Friesen, R. Fenton, M. Wiertlewski, and J. E. Colgate, "The role of damping in ultrasonic friction reduction", Haptics Symposium (HAPTICS), 2016 IEEE: IEEE, pp. 167–172, 2016.

Friesen, R. Fenton, M. Wiertlewski, M. A. Peshkin, and J. E. Colgate, "Bioinspired artificial fingertips that exhibit friction reduction when subjected to transverse ultrasonic vibrations", World Haptics Conference (WHC), 2015 IEEE: IEEE, pp. 208–213, 2015. Google Scholar

Meyer, D. J., M. Wiertlewski, M. A. Peshkin, and J. E. Colgate, "Dynamics of ultrasonic and electrostatic friction modulation for rendering texture on haptic surfaces", Haptics Symposium (HAPTICS), 2014 IEEE: IEEE, 2014. Google Scholar 

Mullenbach, J., C. Shultz, J. E. Colgate, and A. Marie Piper, "Exploring affective communication through variable-friction surface haptics", Proceedings of the 32nd annual ACM conference on Human factors in computing systems - CHI '14, Toronto, Ontario, Canada, ACM Press, 2014. Google Scholar 

Wiertlewski, M., D. Leonardis, D. J. Meyer, M. A. Peshkin, and J. E. Colgate, "A High-Fidelity Surface- Haptic Device for Texture Rendering on Bare Finger", Eurohaptics 2014: Springer, pp. 241-248, 2014. Google Scholar 

Jin, S., J. Mullenbach, C. Shultz, J. E. Colgate, and A. Marie Piper, "OS-Level Surface Haptics for Touch-Screen Accessibility", ASSETS, Rochester, NY, 2014. Google Scholar 

Meyer, D. J., M. A. Peshkin, and J. E. Colgate, "Fingertip Friction Modulation due to Electrostatic Attraction", World Haptics Conference (WHC), 2013, 2013. Google Scholar 

Mullenbach, J., C. Shultz, A. Marie Piper, M. A. Peshkin, and J. E. Colgate, "Surface haptic interactions with a TPad tablet", Proceedings of the adjunct publication of the 26th annual ACM symposium on User interface software and technology - UIST '13 Adjunct, St. Andrews, Scotland, United Kingdom, ACM Press, 2013. Google Scholar 

Mullenbach, J., C. Shultz, A. Marie Piper, M. A. Peshkin, and J. E. Colgate, "TPad Fire: Surface Haptic Tablet", HAID Haptic and Audio Interaction Design, Daejeon, Korea, Springer, 04/2013. Google Scholar 

Mullenbach, J., D. Johnson, J. E. Colgate, and M. A. Peshkin, "ActivePaD surface haptic device", Haptics Symposium (HAPTICS), 2012 IEEE: IEEE, pp. 407–414, 2012. Google Scholar 

Colgate, J. E., and M. A. Peshkin, Haptic device with controlled traction forces, , 2012. Google Scholar

Aguirre-Ollinger, G., J. E. Colgate, M. A. Peshkin, and A. Goswami, "Inertia Compensation Control of a One-Degree-of-Freedom Exoskeleton for Lower-Limb Assistance: Initial Experiments", Neural Systems and Rehabilitation Engineering, IEEE Transactions on, vol. 20, no. 1: IEEE, pp. 68–77, 2012. Google Scholar 

Dai, X., J. E. Colgate, and M. A. Peshkin, "LateralPaD: A surface-haptic device that produces lateral forces on a bare finger", Haptics Symposium (HAPTICS), 2012 IEEE: IEEE, pp. 7–14, 2012. Google Scholar 

Dai, X., J. Gu, X. Cao, J. E. Colgate, and HZ. Tan, "SlickFeel: sliding and clicking haptic feedback on a touchscreen", Adjunct proceedings of the 25th annual ACM symposium on User interface software and technology: ACM, pp. 21–22, 2012. Google Scholar 

Manuel, S., R. L. Klatzky, M. A. Peshkin, and J. E. Colgate, "Surface haptic feature attenuation due to contact on opposing surface", Haptics Symposium (HAPTICS), 2012 IEEE: IEEE, pp. 31–35, 2012. Google Scholar 

DeJong, B. P., J. E. Colgate, and M. A. Peshkin, "A Cyclic Robot for Lower Limb Exercise", Journal of Medical Devices, vol. 5, pp. 031006, 2011. Google Scholar 

Aguirre-Ollinger, G., J. E. Colgate, M. A. Peshkin, and A. Goswami, "Design of an active one-degree-of-freedom lower-limb exoskeleton with inertia compensation", The International Journal of Robotics Research, vol. 30, no. 4: SAGE Publications, pp. 486–499, 2011. Google Scholar

Lévesque, V., L. Oram, K. MacLean, A. Cockburn, N. D. Marchuk, D. Johnson, J. E. Colgate, and M. A. Peshkin, "Enhancing physicality in touch interaction with programmable friction", Proceedings of the 2011 annual conference on Human factors in computing systems: ACM, pp. 2481–2490, 2011. Google Scholar

Lévesque, V., L. Oram, K. MacLean, A. Cockburn, N. D. Marchuk, D. Johnson, J. E. Colgate, and M. A. Peshkin, "Frictional widgets: enhancing touch interfaces with programmable friction", Proceedings of the 2011 annual conference extended abstracts on Human factors in computing systems: ACM, pp. 1153–1158, 2011. 

DeJong, B. P., J. E. Colgate, and M. A. Peshkin, "Mental Transformations in Human-Robot Interaction", Mixed Reality and Human-Robot Interaction: Springer, pp. 35–51, 2011. Google Scholar 

Colgate, J. E., M. A. Peshkin, and E. C. Chubb, Method and apparatus for increasing magnitude and frequency of forces applied to a bare finger on a haptic surface, , 2011. Google Scholar 

Aguirre-Ollinger, G., J. E. Colgate, M. A. Peshkin, and A. Goswami, "A one-degree-of-freedom assistive exoskeleton with inertia compensation: the effects on the agility of leg swing motion", Proceedings of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers, Part H: Journal of Engineering in Medicine, vol. 225, no. 3: Sage Publications, pp. 228–245, 2011. Google Scholar 

Lévesque, V., L. Oram, K. MacLean, J. E. Colgate, and M. A. Peshkin, "Restoring physicality to touch interaction with programmable friction", Consumer Electronics (ICCE), 2011 IEEE International Conference on: IEEE, pp. 61–62, 2011. Google Scholar 

Marasco, P. D., K. Kim, J. E. Colgate, M. A. Peshkin, and T. A. Kuiken, "Robotic touch shifts perception of embodiment to a prosthesis in targeted reinnervation amputees", Brain, vol. 134, no. 3: Oxford Univ Press, pp. 747–758, 2011. Google Scholar 

Santos-Munné, J. J., M. A. Peshkin, E. L. Faulring, J. E. Colgate, A. Makhlin, T. Moyer, T. Hauptman, and W. Hoffmann, An apparatus for use in breaking down an animal carcass, 2010. 

Aguirre-Ollinger, G., A. Goswami, J. E. Colgate, M. A. Peshkin, and others, Controller for an assistive exoskeleton based on active impedance, : Google Patents, 2010. Google Scholar 

Kim, K., J. E. Colgate, J. J. Santos-Munné, A. Makhlin, and M. A. Peshkin, "On the design of miniature haptic devices for upper extremity prosthetics", Mechatronics, IEEE/ASME Transactions on, vol. 15, no. 1: IEEE, pp. 27–39, 2010. Google Scholar 

Huynh, K., C. E. Stepp, L. W. White, J. E. Colgate, and Y. Matsuoka, "Finding a feature on a 3D object through single-digit haptic exploration", Haptics Symposium, 2010 IEEE: IEEE, pp. 83–89, 2010. Google Scholar 

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