January 2019: HIRoLab moved to Purdue University.

September 2018: Dr. Rastgaar is the PI for a collaborative grant from National Science Foundation’s National Robotic Initiative 2.0. The Study entitled: INT:COLAB: Anthropomorphic Robotic Ankle Prosthesis with Programmable Material. This Award’s abstract can be found here: NSF #1921046, and NSF #1830256.

September 2017: Dr. Rastgaar co-organized the workshop on “Adaptive Control Methods in Assistive Technologies” for the 2017 IEEE/RSJ International Conference on Intelligent Robots (IROS 2017) in Vancouver, Canada. 

January 2016: Robotic Falconry: A drone-hunter prototype. We filed and received the patent for the prototype drone-hunter system that we developed. It was featured in BBC News interview, NBC News, BBC News, Fox News, The Washington Post, The Telegraph, The Guardian, Popular Science, Popular MechanicsCNET, Gizmodo, Engadget, Wired, PhysOrg, Science Daily, KurzweilAI, Gizmag, Ars Technica, Motherboard, NH Public Radio and ASME

November 2015: Dr. Houman Dallali joined HIRoLab as a postdoctoral associate.

November 2015: Evandro Ficanha successfully defended his Ph.D. dissertation. He received Outstanding Scholarship Award from Michigan Tech’s graduate school. Dr. Ficanha continues his research at HIRoLab as a research engineer.

June 2015: Dr. Rastgaar and Dr. Artemiadis (Arizona State University) co-organized the workshop on “Rehabilitation Robotics and Human-Robot Interaction” for the 2015 IEEE International Conference on Robotics and Automation (ICRA 2015) in Seattle, WA. 

November 2014: Research at HIRoLab with Delsys EMG systems was featured in Delsys’ news website. The article can be viewed here: Article

September 2014: Dr. Rastgaar is co-PI for a grant from National Science Foundation’s National Robotic Initiative. The Study entitled: Co-Robots to Engage Next Generation of Students in STEM Learning. Award’s abstract can be found here: NSF #1426989.

March 2014: Dr. Rastgaar received National Science Foundation CAREER award for the study entitled: Steerable Powered Ankle-foot Prostheses for Increased Mobility in Amputees. Award’s abstract and announcement can be found here: NSF #1350154, (updated NSF #1923760).

October 2013: The robotic ankle-foot prosthesis developed in Hirolab in collaboration with Mayo Clinic was featured in several news outlets, including The Engineer,, Science Daily, Gizmag, Gigaom, Kurzweil, Newswise, IEEE Spectrum, ASEE First Bell, and many more news outlets.

October 2013: Dr. Rastgaar’s research at MIT on the estimation of mechanical impedance of human ankle and lower extremity rehabilitation robots was featured in several news outlets, including MIT News, Science Daily, Phys Org, and several other news outlets.

May 2013: Evandro Ficanha received Outstanding Graduate Student Teaching Award for his performance in instructing Robotics and Mechatronics lab.

December 2011: Evandro Ficanha received Outstanding Student Award for his performance and leadership in his Senior Capstone Design. 

Januray 2011: HIRoLab was founded.