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School of Mechanical and Materials Engineering Faculty

Ming Luo


  • Ph.D in Robotics Engineering, Worcester Polytechnic Institute, Worcester, MA 2017
  • M.S. in Computer Science. & Industrial Technology, Southeastern Louisiana University, Hammond, LA 2012
  • B.S. in Electronic and Information Engineering, Tian Jin Polytechnic University, China 2010

Professional Preparation

  • Postdoctoral Scholar, Collaborative Haptics in Robotics and Medicine (CHARM) Lab, Stanford University, 2018 – 2020
  • CTO, Powerhive LLC, Worcester, MA, 2017 – 2018

Research Interests

  • Soft robot modeling, sensing, control, and motion planning
  • Snake robot control and motion planning
  • Haptics

Research Areas

Recognition and Honors

  • First place in IEEE International Conference on Robotics and Automation (ICRA) 2017 soft robot speed challenge (Team leader).
  • WPI Graduate student travel fund (2017).
  • IEEE International Conference on Robotics and Automation (ICRA) 2017 travel fund.

Selected Publications

Complete List of Publications on Google Scholar

  • S. Kanjanapas, C.M. Nunez, S.R. Williams, A.M. Okamura, and M. Luo. “Design and Analysis of Pneumatic 2-DoF Soft Haptic Devices for Shear Display”, IEEE Robotics and Automation Letters. (2019).
  • M. Luo, R. Yan (Co-first author), Z. Wan, Y. Qin, J. Santoso, E. H. Skorina, C. D. Onal. “OriSnake: Design, Fabrication and Experimental Analysis of a 3-D Origami Snake Robot”, IEEE Robotics and Automation Letters.(2018).
  • M. Luo, E. H. Skorina, W. Tao, F. Chen, S. Ozel, Y. Sun and C. D. Onal. “Toward Modular Soft Robotics: Proprioceptive Curvature Sensing and Sliding-Mode Control of Soft Bidirectional Bending Modules”. Soft Robotics, (2017).
  • M. Luo, Y. Pan, E.H. Skorina, W. Tao, F. Chen, S. Ozel, C.D. Onal, “Slithering towards autonomy: a self-contained soft robotic snake platform with integrated curvature sensing”, Bioinspiration & Biomimetics 10:055001, (2015).
  • M. Luo, M. Agheli, C.D. Onal, “Theoretical Modeling and Experimental Analysis of a Pressure-Operated Soft Robotic Snake”, Soft Robotics, 1(2):136-146 (2014).