The aim of the Ability Lab is to empower human mobility through engineering and design. Our focus is understanding how the complexities of the neuromuscular and musculoskeletal systems enable movement and using this knowledge to inspire new pathways that can enhance performance. Using engineering as a foundation enables us to explore the complex systems of the human body and create innovative designs. We take a human-centered design approach and work closely with patients, clinicians, and families to receive feedback and refine our designs. Whether on the athletic field, in the clinic, or at home we seek to understand how humans move, what happens when things go wrong, and how we can improve treatment and enhance quality of life.  Let’s get moving!

Recent Highlights

Gaurav_BikeDr. Steele is awarded the BTS Congress Prize at the World Conference on Clinical Movement Analysis.

Gaurav Mukherjee is awarded a UWIN Neural Engineering Graduate Fellowship!

The senior design teams meet with Ivan Owen and Ann Yamane to discuss their latest design for open-source orthoses.

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Recent publications:

Upcoming Events

  • Nov 17 – First Seattle Hand Innovation Meeting with students and faculty from UW-Seattle, UW-Bothell, and Seattle Pacific University.
  • Dec 2 – Steve Collins, assistant professor at Carnegie Mellon and director of the Experimental Biomechatronics Lab visits UW.

Lab Meeting Schedule

Fall 2014

  • 9/25: Fall Goals
  • 10/2: Review Hwan’s Manuscript
  • 10/9: Review GCMAS Abstracts
  • 10/16: Gaurav & Alex: wrist orthosis literature review
  • 10/23: Journal Club (new papers)
  • 10/30: Mid-quarter goals update
  • 11/6: Avy wrap-up & next steps
  • 11/13: Journal Club (classic papers)
  • 11/20: Wiki & 3D-Printer Intro
  • 11/27: Turkey day – no meeting
  • 12/4: Ben – manuscript draft
  • 12/11: Journal Club (classic papers)