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Biosystems and Micromechanics

BioSystems and Micromechanics (BioSyM) Inter-Disciplinary Research Group

H. Harry Asada
Ford Professor of Engineering, Department of Mechanical Engineering, MIT


  • 2005 — 2007 Head; Control, Instrumentation, and Robotics Area, Dept. of Mech. Eng., MIT
  • 1996- Present Ford Professor of Engineering, MIT
  • 1995- Present Director, d’Arbeloff Laboratory for Information Systems and Technology, MIT
  • 1990 — 1996 Professor of Mechanical Engineering, MIT
  • 1989 — 1990 Associate Professor of Mechanical Engineering, MIT
  • 1985 — 1989 Associate Professor of Applied Math. & Physics, Kyoto University
  • 1982 — 1985 Assistant Professor of Mechanical Engineering, MIT
  • 1980 — 1982 Visiting Research Scientist, Robotics Institute, Carnegie Melon University
  • 1978 — 1982 Post-Doctoral Research Associate, Kyoto University


  • Rufus T. Oldenburger Medal, American Society of Mechanical Engineering (2012)
  • Ruth and Joel Spira Award for Distinguished Teaching, School of Engineering, MIT (2012)
  • Best Paper Award, 2010 IFAC Symposium on Mechatronic Systems (2012)
  • Best Automation Paper Award, 2010 IEEE Int. Conference on Robotics and Automation (2010)
  • Best Paper Award, Society of Instrument and Control Engineers (1979, 1984, 1990)
  • SME Outstanding Young Manufacturing Engineer Award (1984)
  • O. Hugo Schuck Best Paper Award, American Control Council (1985)
  • Y. Sawaragi Best Paper Award, JACE (1988)
  • Best Paper Award, IEEE International Conference on Robotics and Automation (1993)
  • Best Paper Award, 1995 ASME Heat Pump Symposium (1995)
  • Kayamori Best Paper Award, IEEE Int. Conf. on Robotics and Automation (1997)
  • Dynamic Systems and Control Outstanding Researcher Award, ASME (1998)
  • Best Paper Award, IEEE International Conference on Robotics and Automation (1999)
  • ASME Fellow, Dynamic Systems and Control Division (2001)
  • Best Journal Paper Award, Advanced Robotics (2002)
  • Plenary Lecture, “Wet Mechatronics”, IFAC Conference on Mechatronics (2003)
  • Plenary Lecture, “Organic Robotics”, RSJ Annual Conference (2006)

Selected publications

  • Farahat, W., Wood, L., Zervantonakis, I., Schor, A., Ong, S., Neal, D., Kamm, R., and Asada, H., “Ensemble Analysis of Angiogenic Growth in Three-Dimensional Microfluidic Cell Cultures”, PLoS ONE 7(5): e37333. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0037333, May 2012.
  • Ge, R., Tan, E., Sharghi-Namini, Soheila, Asada, H., “Exosomes in Cancer Microenvironment and Beyond: Have We Overlooked These Extracellular Messengers?”, Cancer Microenvironment, Vol. 5,  DOI 10.1007/s12307-012-0110-2, May 2012.
  • Farahat, W., and Asada, H., “Estimation of State Transition Probabilities in Asynchronous Vector Markov Processes”, Accepted for publication in the ASME J. of Dynamic Systems, Measurement, and Control, November 2011.
  • Das, A., Lauffenburger, D., Asada, H., and Kamm, R., “A Hybrid Continuum–Discrete Modeling Approach to Predict and Control Angiogenesis: Analysis of Combinatorial Growth Factor and Matrix Effects on Vessel-Sprouting Morphology”, Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society A: Mathematical, Physical, and Engineering Sciences, vol. 368, no. 1921, pp. 2937-2960, June 2010.
  • Wood, L., Das, A., Kamm, R. and Asada, H., “A Stochastic Broadcast Feedback Approach to Regulating Cell Population Morphology for Microfluidic Angiogenesis Platforms”, IEEE Transactions on Biomedical Engineering, Vol.56, Issue 9, Part 2, pp.2299-2303, September, 2009.
  • Odhner, L., and Asada, H., “Stochastic Recruitment Control of Large Ensemble Systems with Limited Feedback”, accepted for publication in the ASME Journal of Dynamic Systems, Measurement, and Control, September 2009.
  • Ueda J, Odhner L, Asada HH, “Broadcast Feedback of Stochastic Cellular Actuators Inspired by Biological Muscle Control,” Int. J. of Robotics Research, Volume 26, Issue 11-12, pp. 1251—1265, 2007.
  • McCombie D, Reisner A, Asada HH., “Laguerre Model Blind System Identification:
  • Cardiovascular Dynamics Estimated from Multiple Peripheral Circulatory Signals”, IEEE Transactions on Biomedical Engineering, Vol. 52, No. 11, pp. 1889 – 1901, November 2005.
  • Asada HH, Shaltis P, Reisner A, Rhee S, Hutchinson RC., “Mobile Monitoring with Wearable Photoplethysmographic Biosensors”, IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Magazine, Vol.22, No.3, pp. 28-40, 2003.
  • Mascaro S, Asada HH., “Photoplethysmograph Fingernail Sensors for Measuring Finger Forces without Haptic Obstruction,” IEEE Transactions on Robotics and Automation, vol. 17, No. 5, pp. 698-708, 2001.
  • Asada, H., and Slotine, J. -J.E., Robot Analysis and Control, John Wiley and Sons, 1986.

Current research support

  • “NSF Science and Technology Center on Emergent Behaviors of Integrated Cellular Systems”, Kamm (PI)/Asada(co-PI) 8/1/2011-7/31/2016, National Science Foundation, Goal: Investigate 3D in vitro muscle tissues and their spatiotemporal control methods
  • “A Multi-Cellular PZT Actuator/Generator with Tunable Stiffness and Resonant Frequencies”, Asada (PI) 9/15/2010 – 3/31/2013, Goal: Develop PZT cellular actuators with tunable stiffness and resonant frequencies
  •  “Smart Center for Biosystems” Kamm (PI)/Asada(co-PI) 10/1/2008-9/31/2013            Singapore-MIT Alliance
    Goal: Research center to develop nano- and micro-scale technologies for the biomechanical studies.
  • NSF (PI) CMMI: Stochastic Recruitment and Broadcast Feedback of Cellular Control Systems and Its Application to Muscle Actuators (2007-10)
  • NSF (Co-PI) EFRI-CBE: A Multifaceted Approach to Modeling Angiogenesis (2008-11)
  • Boeing Corp. (PI) Autonomous Robots for Aircraft Manufacturing (2006-11)
  • Sumitomo Heavy Industries (PI) Modular PZT Actuators (2007-10)
  • Korean Institute of Science & Technology (Co-PI) Arrayable Piezoelectric Microactuators for Humanoid Robot Hands (2007-09)