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


Freddy Hernandez

Robotics MSE

Young Shin

Robotics MSE - Submatric

Runhua Zhang

Robotics MSE

Research Staff

Jeremy Wang

Robotics MSE '16 - PERCH Design and Mechatronics Staff Engineer


Bahram Banisadr

Robotics MSE '16 - Microsoft

Alexis E. Block

Robotics MSE '17- Max Planck Institute

Jeremy Brown

PostDoc, MEAM '17 - Assistant Professor, Johns Hopkins University

Alex Burka

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

Heather Culbertson

PhD, MEAM '15 - University of Southern California

Kent Devillafranca

Robotics MSE '14

Elaida Dimwamwa

Robotics MSE '17 - Bayer HealthCare

Naomi Fitter

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

Lindsay Gardner

Robotics MSE '18 - Apple

Stuart Helgeson

Robotics MSE '16 - Comcast

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 - Otherlab

Folasade Oba

Robotics MSE '16 - XEED, LLC

Yousi (Josey) Oquendo

Robotics MSE '16 - CHOP

Claudio Pacchierotti

PostDoc, 2014

Rebecca Pierce

PhD, MEAM '15 - Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Sabaritha Shilpa Sekar

Robotics MSE '16 - Navisens

Heather Williams

Robotics MSE '15 - Biobank

Taniel S. Winner

Robotics MSE '16 - Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory

Brian James Wright

Robotics MSE '17 - Lauterbach Engineering

Catherine Yee

Robotics MSE '17

Eric Young

PhD, MEAM '20 - Bright Machines

Katherine Kuchenbecker