Jeremy D. Brown, the John C. Malone Assistant Professor in the Department of Mechanical Engineering, explores the interface between humans and robotics, with a specific focus on medical applications and haptic feedback.
Brown’s research sits at the intersection of engineering, biomechatronics, medicine, and psychophysics. He develops novel haptic interfaces for upper-limb prosthetics and minimally invasive surgical robotics. Applications of this research include giving amputees a sense of touch through their prostheses, and helping surgeons use surgical robots to improve their accuracy and precision when performing delicate procedures.
Brown’s team in his Haptics and Medical Robotics (HAMR) lab uses methods from human perception, motor control, neurophysiology, and biomechanics to study the human perception of touch, especially as it relates to applications of human-robot interaction and collaboration. Elements of HAMR’s research could lead to breakthroughs in additional fields, including rehabilitation robotics.
In 2017, Brown received National Science Foundation funding for a project to develop better haptic interfaces by providing the robotic system with information regarding the physiological changes that occur in the human body when it is mechanically coupled to the robotic system. He is also the recipient of an NSF Graduate Research Fellowship and Early CAREER Award, the Best Student Paper Award at the 2012 IEEE Haptics Symposium, the Penn Postdoctoral Fellowship for Academic Diversity, the Sloan Foundation Fellowship, and the 2022 WSE/DOM Lab Excellence Award.
He is a member of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers’ (IEEE) Robotics and Automation Society, American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME), and National Society of Black Engineers (NSBE). Brown’s work has appeared in a number of peer-reviewed journals, including the Journal of Neuroengineering and Rehabilitation, IEEE Transactions on Haptics, IEEE Transactions on Biomedical Engineering, and IEEE Transactions on Neural Systems and Rehabilitation Engineering.
Brown is a graduate of the Atlanta University Center’s Dual Degree Engineering Program, earning bachelor’s degrees in applied physics and mechanical engineering from Morehouse College and the University of Michigan, respectively. He received his MSE and PhD in mechanical engineering from the University of Michigan, where he worked on haptic feedback for upper-extremity prosthetic devices. Prior to joining Johns Hopkins in 2017, he was a postdoctoral research fellow at the University of Pennsylvania.