Hannah Stuart

Assistant Professor of Mechanical Engineering

5138 Etcheverry Hall

University of California, Berkeley

Berkeley, CA 94720-1740

(510) 643-9786


Email: hstuart@berkeley.edu

Biography and CV

Hannah Stuart received her BS in Mechanical Engineering from the George Washington University in 2011. She then completed her MS and PhD in Mechanical Engineering at Stanford University in 2013 and 2017 respectively.


Professor Stuart's research interests include: Dexterous manipulation; Bioinspired design; Soft and multi-material mechanisms; Skin contact conditions; Tactile sensing and haptics.


Mobile robots face a rapidly expanding range of potential applications, including remote exploration, search-and-rescue and household assistance. In many of these cases, the focus of interaction is via the robot’s end-effectors. However, current manipulators have limited capabilities in comparison to their biological counterparts. Our group is interested in improving robot dexterity through building end-effectors with embodied intelligence and robustness, especially for challenging submerged or wet environments. This includes the design of (1) novel grippers and hands, (2) touch perception for autonomous or teleoperated interventions and (3) bioinspired manipulation strategies. This vision includes the advancement of relevant design analysis tools and the validation of concepts by applying technologies in the field.


To learn more about Professor Stuart's research, please visit the Embodied Dexterity Group (EDG) website.


Key works:


Stuart, H., Wang, S., Khatib, O., Cutkosky, M.R. (2017). “The Ocean One hands: An adaptive design for robust marine manipulation.” The International Journal of Robotics Research, 36(2):150-166.

Khatib, O., Yeh, X., Brantner, G., Soe, B., Kim, B., Ganguly, S., Stuart, H., Wang, S., Cutkosky, M., Edsinger, A., Mullins, P., Barham, M., Voolstra, C., Salama, K., L’Hour, M., Creuze, V. (2016). “Ocean One: A Robotic Avatar for Oceanic Discovery.” Robotics & Automation Magazine, 23(4):20-29. (Cover)

Stuart, H.S., Wang, S., Gardineer, B., Christensen, D. L., Aukes, D. M., Cutkosky, M. (2014). "A compliant underactuated hand with suction flow for underwater mobile manipulation." 2014 IEEE International Conference on Robotics and Automation (ICRA), Hong Kong, pp. 6691-6697.

Aukes, D. M., Heyneman, B., Ulmen, J., Stuart, H., Cutkosky, M. R., Kim, S., Garcia, P., Edsinger, A. (2014). “Design and testing of a selectively compliant underactuated hand.” The International Journal of Robotics Research, 33(5):721-735.