Robert Howe is the Abbott and James Lawrence Professor of Engineering and Area Dean for Bioengineering at the Harvard John A. Paulson School of Engineering and Applied Sciences. Dr. Howe founded the Harvard BioRobotics Laboratory in 1990, which investigates the roles of sensing and mechanical design and motor control, in both humans and robots. His research interests focus on manipulation, the sense of touch, and human-machine interfaces. Biomedical applications of this work include robotic and image-guided surgery.
Dr. Howe earned a bachelors degree in physics from Reed College, then worked as a design engineer in the electronics industry in Silicon Valley. He received a doctoral degree in mechanical engineering from Stanford University in 1990, and then joined the faculty at Harvard. Dr. Howe is a Fellow of the IEEE and the AIMBE. He is a recipient of the National Science Foundation Young Investigator Award and Best Paper Awards at mechanical engineering, robotics, and surgery conferences.