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Alan Asbeck

Associate Professor
  • Thrust Area Specialty: Robotics, Autonomous, and Dynamical Systems
Alan Asbeck
231 Goodwin Hall
635 Prices Fork Rd.
Blacksburg, VA 24061
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Research Interests

  • Wearable Robotics
  • Biomechanics of movement
  • Mechatronic Systems

My research centers on building human-assistance devices and on understanding how to make them work most effectively with the body.  The goal is to help people to regain capabilities they have lost, or enable people to perform feats that were not previously possible.  Specifically, my research interests include designing flexible human interfaces for mechanical and electrical systems, understanding human biomechanics and the body’s internal control strategy, and creating sensors and control systems for wearable robots.

See Dr. Asbeck's publications and research on Google Scholar.

  •  2022-present, Associate Professor, Dept. of Mechanical Engineering, Virginia Tech
  • 2015–2022, Assistant Professor, Dept. of Mechanical Engineering, Virginia Tech
  • 2014–2015, Research Scientist, Wyss Institute, Harvard University
  • 2012–2014, Postdoctoral Researcher, Wyss Institute, Harvard University
  • 2010–2012, Postdoctoral Researcher, Stanford University
  • 2004–2010, Doctoral Researcher, Stanford University


  • 2022 - NSF CAREER Award
  • 2016 – IREK12 Interdisciplinary Rehabilitation Engineering Research Career Development Scholar
  • 2006 – Best Video, International Conference on Robotics and Automation
  • 2002 – National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship
  • Ph.D. - Electrical Engineering, Stanford University, 2010
  • M.Eng. - Electrical Engineering, MIT, 2003
  • B.S. - Physics, MIT, 2003
  • B.S. - Electrical Engineering, MIT, 2002