Amy Wu

Assistant Professor

Amy Wu headshot

McLaughlin Hall, Room 324

Kingston, ON K7L3N6


Phone: 613 533 6000 x 32760

Research Interests

  • Human Biomechanics and Locomotion
  • Mechatronics
  • Legged robotics
  • Wearable robotics

The Biomechanics x Robotics Laboratory (BxRL) is at the intersection of human biomechanics and robotics with the aim of building better assistive technologies. We are interested in utilizing a first-principles approach to understand the mechanics and energetics of human movement and to apply those principles to robots. Likewise, we will leverage robots to reveal the mechanisms behind human behavior. We are also passionate about using maker-style manufacturing techniques to build impactful, openly available robotic devices for both research and education. We are a member of Ingenuity Labs Research Institute.

Open Positions

The BxRL is looking for PhD students with a human biomechanics, robotics, and/or controls background. Desired skills include modelling and simulation, controls theory, knowledge of biomechanics and locomotion, human subject testing, and design and fabrication of electromechanical systems. Currently, we have an open position for a PhD student with a mechatronics or robotics background, particularly in mobile or legged robots. For this particular position, the applicant must be eligible to apply for NSERC Canadian Graduate Scholarships or Dean's Graduate Research Award. If interested, please send a cover letter (describing your research interests, goals, and position-relevant qualifications) and a CV to Dr. Wu with "PhD application for BxRL" in the e-mail subject line.

Current Students

  • Pegah Nomanfar (PhD)
  • Aaron Best (MSc)
  • Thomas Huckell (MSc)
  • Julian Alexander-Cook (MSc)
  • Harriet Chorney (Undergraduate, USRA)
  • Sydney Garrah (Undergraduate, USRA)
  • Phoebe Tan Hui Ping (Undergraduate, SWEP)
  • Lucas Melanson (Undergraduate, SWEP)
  • Charley McCann (Undergraduate)
  • Maddy Liblong (Undergraduate)

Former Students

  • Frances Campbell (Undergraduate, MECH 461)
  • Paul Riek (Undergraduate, MECH 461)
  • Ted Ecclestone (Undergraduate, Thesis)
  • Emily Bugeja (Undergraduate, Summer)


Winter 2020: MECH 210 Electronic Circuits and Motors for Mechatronics

Select Publications

  • A. N. Best, J.-P. Martin, Q. Li, and A. R. Wu, "Stepping behaviour contributes little to balance control against continuous mediolateral trunk perturbations, " J Exp Biol vol. 222, no. 24, Dec. 2019, doi: 10.1242/jeb.212787.
  • A. R. Wu, C. S. Simpson, E. H. F. van Asseldonk, H. van der Kooij, and A. J. Ijspeert, “Mechanics of very slow human walking,” Sci Rep, vol. 9, no. 1, pp. 1–10, Dec. 2019, doi: 10.1038/s41598-019-54271-2.
  • C. Rognon, V. Ramachandran, A. R. Wu, A. J. Ijspeert, and D. Floreano, "Haptic feedback perception and learning with cable-driven guidance in exosuit teleoperation of a simulated drone," IEEE Trans Haptics, vol. 12, no. 3, pp. 375–385, Jul. 2019.
  • S. Faraji, A. R. Wu, and A. J. Ijspeert, "A simple model of mechanical effects to estimate metabolic cost of human walking," Scientific Reports, vol. 8, no. 1, p. 10998, Jul. 2018.
  • A. R. Wu et al., "An Adaptive Neuromuscular Controller for Assistive Lower-Limb Exoskeletons: A Preliminary Study on Subjects with Spinal Cord Injury," Front Neurorobot, vol. 11, Jun. 2017.


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