The aim of the Ability & Innovation 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 HighlightsAlex50

Alex Portnova is awarded Best Poster MS/BS at the Northwest Biomechanics Symposium


Dr. Steele is awarded an NSF CAREER Award.

Ben Shuman is awarded Best Paper at the Gait & Clinical Movement Analysis Society.

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!


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

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

Winter 2014

  • 1/13 – Gaurav Practice UWIN Presentation
  • 1/20 – Journal Club (motor learning applied)
  • 1/27 – Jessie Lit Review (ECoG & EMG)
  • 2/3 – AAOP Practice Talks
  • 2/10 – Alex orthosis protocol practice
  • 2/17 – Ben manuscript review
  • 2/24 – GCMAS Practice Talks I
  • 3/3 – Sam preliminary EMG results
  • 3/10 – GCMAS Practice Talks II
  • 3/17 – Journal Club (EMG applications)