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Katherine Kuchenbecker

Haptics & Performance

Katherine Kuchenbecker
University of Pennsylvania
Skirkanich Assistant Professor of Innovation
Mechanical Engineering and Applied Mechanics (MEAM)


PhD Mechanical Engineering 2006 - Stanford University
MS Mechanical Engineering 2002 - Stanford University
BS Mechanical Engineering 2000 - Stanford University


Haptics | Robotics | Mechanical Systems


Katherine researches the design, control, and performance of robotic systems that enable a user to touch virtual objects and distant environments as though they were real and within reach. These haptic interfaces combine electromechanical sensors and actuators with high-speed computer control to fool the human sense of touch. By studying applications such as robot-assisted surgery, smart prosthetics, educational computer games, and driver assistance, Katherine seeks to improve our understanding of haptic feedback and uncover new opportunities for its use in interactions between humans, computers, and machines.

Honors and Awards:

Pop Tech's Science and Public Leadership Fellows Class of 2011
Ford Motor Company Award for Faculty Advising - 2010
NSF CAREER Award - 2009
Best Hands-on Demonstration - IEEE World Haptics Conference - 2009
Best Haptic Technology Paper - IEEE World Haptics Conference - 2007

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