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Colgate Named Breed Professor

Professor co-invented class of collaborative robots

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January 28, 2011 | by Jasmine Rangel

EVANSTON -- J. Edward Colgate, professor of mechanical engineering in the McCormick School of Engineering and Applied Science, has been named the Allen and Johnnie Breed University Professor of Design.

Colgate’s research focuses on physical human and robot interaction, including haptic display, teleoperation and human assist-devices. He, along with collaborator Michael Peshkin, invented a class of collaborative robots called “cobots.”

Colgate is the founding editor-in-chief of the IEEE Transactions on Haptics, and he is a founder of Stanley Cobotics, the leading supplier of intelligent ergonomic assist devices to the industrial marketplace, as well as Kinea Design, a start-up devoted to rehabilitation robotics and advanced mechatronics. He currently is the director of the Segal Design Institute at Northwestern; he directs the Master of Science in Engineering Design and Innovation program, which combines graduate-level engineering courses with a broad exposure to human-centered design. He also has served as an associate editor of the Journal of Dynamic Systems, Measurement and Control and the IEEE Transactions on Robotics and Automation.

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