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Michael PeshkinProfessor of Mechanical Engineering

Interests

  • Robotics and physical human/machine interaction
  • Surface haptic display
  • Cobots
  • Rehabilitation & assistive robotics
  • Sensors and acuators

Spin-Offs

  • Tanvas
    Founded 2010, to bring true haptic feedback to touchscreens
  • Kinea Design 
    Founded 2003, to develop robotic assistive devices for physical therapists
    Acquired by HDT Global, 2011
  • Cobotics
    Founded 1997, to commercialize Cobots and related human-interactive robots
    Acquired by Stanley Assembly Technologies, 2002
  • Mako Surgical Corp. (formerly Z-KAT Inc.)
    Founded 1995, to commercialize Coordinated Fluoroscopy for image guided surgery
    Acquired by Stryker Corp., 2013

Carnegie-Mellon University, Robotics Institute
PhD, Physics, December 1986

Cornell University, Department of Physics 
Master of Science, Experimental Solid State Physics, 1982

University of Chicago
Bachelor of Arts with Honors, Physics, 1979

  • ME 233 - Electronics Design "out of the lab"
  • ME 433 - Advanced Mechatronics

Professor Peshkin has been appointed Charles Deering McCormick Professor of Teaching Excellence, an all-University award.

Recently, he has been teaching and developing the innovative course Electronics Design, in which students learn to design and debug circuits, using a portable "workbench in a backpack" in place of the traditional fixed labs. Earlier, he created the course Engineering Analysis 3: System Dynamics, which is taken by almost all first year students in the school of engineering. EA3 is part of Northwestern's signature Engineering First curriculum, which engages undergraduate students in the concepts and experience of engineering from the beginning of freshman year. He also teaches a Mechatronics Projects course, and offers walk-in assistance to many students and teams doing mechatronics-related indepenedent projects.

What if you could feel textures on your smartphone?
Crains Chicago Business, February 18, 2016

Touch Technology (5m video)
Chicago Tonight, WTTW, April 17, 2012

Touch Screens with Feeling
IEEE Spectrum, May 2009

Better Together 
Observer, Association for Psychological Science, 19(5), May 2006

Rehabilitation Medicine Welcomes a Robotic Revolution
Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) September 14, 2005, Vol 294, No. 10, p.1191

Robotic Rehab
MIT Technology Review, Sept. 2005

Works Well with Others: Collaborative Robots Interacting on the Assembly Line
Industrial Market Trends, Nov. 24, 2000

Numerous reports about Cobots
1996 - 2000

Visit Michael Peshkin's website for a full list of books and book chapters, journals, conference proceedings, and patents

Recent Publications

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 

Fang, S., M. A. Peshkin, and M. A. MacIver, "Human-in-the-loop active electrosense", Bioinspiration & Biomimetics, vol. 12, issue 1, pp. 014001, 12/2016. Google Scholar

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 

Bai, Y., J. B. Snyder, M. A. Peshkin, and M. A. MacIver, "Finding and identifying simple objects underwater with active electrosense", The International Journal of Robotics Research, 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 

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  

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

Bai, Y., J. B. Snyder, Y. Silverman, M. A. Peshkin, and M. A. MacIver, "Sensing Capacitance of Underwater Objects in Bio-inspired Electrosense", IROS 2012, 10/2012. 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 

Rouse, E. J., L. J. Hargrove, M. A. Peshkin, and T. A. Kuiken, "Design and validation of a platform robot for determination of ankle impedance during ambulation", Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society, EMBC, 2011 Annual International Conference of the IEEE: IEEE, pp. 8179–8182, 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

Rouse, E. J., D. C. Nahlik, M. A. Peshkin, and T. A. Kuiken, "Development of a Model Osseo-Magnetic Link for Intuitive Rotational Control of Upper-Limb Prostheses", Neural Systems and Rehabilitation Engineering, IEEE Transactions on, vol. 19, no. 2: IEEE, pp. 213–220, 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 

Marchuk, N. D., J. E. Colgate, and M. A. Peshkin, "Friction measurements on a large area TPaD", Haptics Symposium, 2010 IEEE: IEEE, pp. 317–320, 2010. Google Scholar 

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