Katherine Kuchenbecker

Katherine Kuchenbecker

GRASP Faculty Member until '18

Katherine researches the design and control of robotic systems that enable a user to touch virtual objects and distant environments as though they were real and within reach. These haptic interfaces combine electromechanical sensors and actuators with high-speed computer control to fool the human sense of touch. By studying applications such as robot-assisted surgery, tablet computers, stroke rehabilitation, and personal robots, Katherine seeks to improve our understanding of haptic feedback and uncover new opportunities for its use in interactions between humans, computers, and machines.
Dr. Katherine Kuchenbecker left Penn in 2018, to see more information about her new position visit:


Faculty News

Q&A with Katherine Kuchenbecker

November 2, 2010

Ph.D. Students

Freddy Hernandez

Robotics MSE

Runhua Zhang

Robotics MSE

Research Staff

Jeremy Wang

Robotics MSE '16 - Associate Director, PERCH Design and Fabrication Facility


Bahram Banisadr

Robotics MSE '16 - Senior Product Manager, Amazon

Alexis E. Block

Robotics MSE '17- Assistant Professor, Case Western Reserve University

Jeremy Brown

PostDoc, MEAM '17 - John C. Malone Assistant Professor, Johns Hopkins University

Alex Burka

Robotics MSE '15; PhD, ESE '18 - Robotics Engineer, Exyn Technologies

Heather Culbertson

PhD, MEAM '15 - Assistant Professor, University of Southern California

Kent Devillafranca

Robotics MSE '14

Elaida Dimwamwa

Robotics MSE '17 - PhD. Candidate, Georgia Institute of Technology

Naomi Fitter

Robotics MSE '15; PhD, MEAM '17 - Assistant Professor, Oregon State University

Lindsay Gardner

Robotics MSE '18 - Apple

Stuart Helgeson

Robotics MSE '16 - Mechanical Engineer, Bigfoot Biomedical

Siyao (Nick) Hu

PhD, MEAM '20 - Amazon Robotics

Jennifer Hui

Robotics MSE '16

Mayumi Mohan

Robotics MSE '16 - PhD Candidate, Max Planck Institute

Conor O’Brien

Robotics MSE '15 - Engineer, Otherlab

Folasade Oba

Robotics MSE '16 - XEED, LLC

Yousi (Josey) Oquendo

Robotics MSE '16 - Stanford Health Care

Claudio Pacchierotti

PostDoc, 2014

Rebecca Pierce

PhD, MEAM '15 - Assistant Professor, Boston University

Sabaritha Shilpa Sekar

Robotics MSE '16 - Computer Vision Software Engineer, Oculus VR

Heather Williams

Robotics MSE '15 - Senior Data Scientist, University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine

Taniel S. Winner

Robotics MSE '16 - PhD Candidate, Georgia Institute of Technology

Brian James Wright

Robotics MSE '17 - Lauterbach Engineering

Catherine Yee

Robotics MSE '17

Eric Young

PhD, MEAM '20 - Software Engineer, Bright Machines

Katherine Kuchenbecker