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Popovic Labs


Popovic Labs | WPI Robotics Engineering 211 | Worcester Polytechnic Institute | 85 Prescott St, Suite 201 | Worcester, MA 01605 | USA

If you are not a member of WPI and wish to request media material / press release, learn more on our research, or schedule a visit to Popovic Labs, demo presentation etc. please contact:
Katherine Crighton | WPI Robotics Engineering | Worcester Polytechnic Institute | 85 Prescott St, Suite 201 | Worcester, MA 01605 | USA
Tel: +1-508-831-6665 | kjcrighton@wpi.edu
If you are a member of WPI you are welcome to contact us directly.

Popovic Labs, Press

Patently Innovative discusses Prof Popovic Variable Stiffness Device patent selected by the Boston Patent Law Association "Invented Here!" program. Just 12 patents were selected from more than 12,000 granted last year in New England as part of BPLA’s initiative to honor the region’s newest and most innovative technologies. (by Andy Baron, Daily Herd, March 5, 2019)

Boston Patent Law Association Honors Professor Marko Popovic for Innovative Patent (WPI News, November 28, 2018)

U.S. Patent issued to Professor Popovic, and his team: Title "Actuation Systems and Methods" in reference to the “One-To-Many” (OTM) concept (WPI News, February 15, 2018)

What Robots Can Teach You About Healthy Movement reviews Popovic Labs' research including Shoulder Control Moment Gyro project and Acurate Prosthetic Hand Controlled by Thought Alone project (by Andrew Schaeffer, UTMOST, October 10, 2017)

Hydro Dog featured in WPI Magazine, Fall 2015 (Journal staff, illustration by Chi Birmingham)

Prof Popovic's new book "Biomechanics and Robotics" featured in Highlights, page 43, WPI Research, Spring 2015,

Daily Herd, Vecna Robot Sprint , April 27, 2015 (by Dave Greenslit)

The Boston Globe, At Robot Zoo, a menagerie of mechanical creatures, April 11, 2015 (by Eryn Carlson)

Reuters, Robot racing sparks scientific enthusiasm in U.S. students, March 24, 2015 (by Scott Malone)
also featured in: The New York Times, Robot racing sparks..., March 24, 2015 (editing by Lisa Von Ahn);
Channel News Asia, Robot...; Business Insider, Robot...; CNBC; Yahoo! News; the Toronto Sun; Daily Times Pakistan; etc.
UK Eurosport Prof. Marko Popovic gestures to an artificial muscle design...; Yahoo! News, entertainment Prof. Marko Popovic...;

Daily Herd, Faculty Recognition, March 2, 2015 (by Jennifer Wyglinski)
[in reference to the non-exclusive rights to the Hydro Muscle technology which have been sold for the largest sum ever received for intellectual property at WPI]

Physics Department News, Cambridge Science Festival, April 19, 2014

Popovic Labs, YouTube

WPI Popovic Labs, Cambridge Science Festival 2018, posted April 28, 2018

WPI Popovic Labs, Cambridge Science Festival 2017 (Science Carnival and Robot Zoo), posted May 4, 2017

Welcome to Popovic Labs: December 2016 Edition , posted March 3, 2017

WPI Popovic Labs, Shoulder Control Moment Gyroscope , posted February 14, 2017

WPI Popovic Labs Hydro Muscle ICRA2016 Slides Movie , posted November 11, 2016

WPI Popovic Labs Hydro Muscle video material for ICRA 2016 , posted November 10, 2016

WPI Popovic Labs at Cambridge Science Festival 2016 , posted April 20, 2016

WPI Popovic Labs, Cambridge Science Festival 2015 (Robotics Zoo), posted April 20, 2015

Hydro Muscle Test 5 2014, posted October 17, 2014

Word from the Director

Welcome to Popovic Labs!

Our goal is to answer how living systems function and to synthesize systems that have resembling architecture and functionality and/or may improve life.

To this end our research is rather interdisciplinary endeavor which integrates applied and theoretical physics, biomechanics and robotics as well as biomedical engineering, electrical engineering, computer science and artificial intelligence, mechanical engineering, neuroscience, biology and even social studies. Please visit our Research page to learn more on our current and past projects.

As members of the Popovic Labs we are proud to value the process of creation and team work, to trust the powers of the human mind, its creativity and rigorous thinking, and to follow the beauty of human imagination. We welcome those ready to partner with us on the journey to the exciting world of new ideas, wonderful projects and their practical realizations.

Marko B. Popovic

Definition: Physics underlies all other natural sciences as it formulates the most fundamental laws of Nature. It is based on small set of mutually compatible, absolute or approximate, “universal” statements (“truths”) that can explain or guide toward satisfactory answer on vast number of natural and man-made phenomena. Physics is an indispensible, rather fundamental element of any good engineering practice.

Definition: Biomechanics is the study of the structure and function of biological systems such as humans, animals, plants, organs, and cells by means of the methods of mechanics.

Definition: Robotics is the branch of Science, Technology and Art that deals with robots, i.e. artificial “organisms” that convey lifelike appearance by physical actions (movements etc.) and performs tasks either autonomously, by using an active sensory-control system, or with guidance, typically by teleoperation, in which case some of the functions of an active sensory-control system are taken over by operator.

Since its beginnings, Robotics has drawn both inspiration and guidance from Biomechanics and general studies of living organisms. Despite the influence that these areas of study have on Robotics, the relationship is not simply unidirectional; advanced robotics engineering can influence Biomechanics by posing the right set of questions, solving these sometimes very difficult problems and discovering wonderful parallels with living mechanisms. As a result, modern Biomechanics and Robotics can be thought of as a unified discipline dealing with both biological and artificial “organisms”, i.e. discipline that goes well beyond the individual subjects of Biomechanics, Robotics, Biomedical Engineering, Biomechatronics, Biologically Inspired Robotics, etc.

It is our belief that this unified discipline addressing living and artificial "organisms" holds a promise to be one of the most influential innovative research directions defining the 21st century.

If you would like to learn more on this unified subject you may enjoy reading the first textbook ever written (specifically) on this topic: Biomechanics and Robotics, Marko B Popovic, Pan Stanford Publishing 2013.