Jeremy D. Brown

John C. Malone Assistant Professor

Research Interests

Haptic feedback, upper-limb prosthetics, surgical robotics, rehabilitation robotics, human-machine interaction.

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, the Best Student Paper Award at the 2012 IEEE Haptics Symposium, and the Penn Postdoctoral Fellowship for Academic Diversity.

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 at 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.


  • Ph.D. 2014, Univ of Michigan Ann Arbor*
  • Master of Science in Engineering 2012, University of Michigan
  • Bachelor of Science in Engineering 2008, University of Michigan
  • Bachelor of Science 2008, Morehouse College
  • 2020 - Present:  Lecturer, WSE Engineering for Professionals (EP)
Journal Articles
  • Brown Jeremy D., O Brien Conor E., Leung Sarah C., Dumon Kristoffel R., Lee David I., Kuchenbecker Katherine J. (2017).  Using Contact Forces and Robot Arm Accelerations to Automatically Rate Surgeon Skill at Peg Transfer.  IEEE Transactions on Biomedical Engineering.  64.  2263--2275.
  • Brown Jeremy D., Kunz Timothy S., Gardner Duane, Shelley Mackenzie K., Davis Alicia J., Gillespie R. Brent (2017).  An Empirical Evaluation of Force Feedback in Body-Powered Prostheses.  IEEE Transactions on Neural Systems and Rehabilitation Engineering.  25.  215--226.
  • Brown Jeremy D, Shelley Mackenzie K, Gardner Duane, Gansallo Emmanuel A, Gillespie R Brent (2016).  Non-Colocated Kinesthetic Display Limits Compliance Discrimination in the Absence of Terminal Force Cues..  IEEE transactions on haptics.  9.  387--96.
  • Brown Jeremy D., Paek Andrew, Syed Mashaal, O'Malley Marcia K., Shewokis Patricia A., Contreras-Vidal Jose L., Davis Alicia J., Gillespie R. Brent (2015).  An exploration of grip force regulation with a low-impedance myoelectric prosthesis featuring referred haptic feedback.  Journal of NeuroEngineering and Rehabilitation.  12.
Conference Proceedings
  • Brown Jeremy D, Fernandez Joshua N, Cohen Sean P, Kuchenbecker Katherine J (2017).  A Wrist-Squeezing Force-Feedback System for Robotic Surgery Training.  Proc. IEEE World Haptics Conference.  107--112.
  • Brown Jeremy D., Ibrahim Mary, Chase Elyse D. Z., Pacchierotti Claudio, Kuchenbecker Katherine J. (2016).  Data-driven comparison of four cutaneous displays for pinching palpation in robotic surgery.  2016 IEEE Haptics Symposium.  IEEE.  147--154.
  • Brown Jeremy D., O'Brien Conor E., Miyasaka Kiyoyuki W., Dumon Kristoffel R., Kuchenbecker Katherine J. (2015).  Analysis of the Instrument Vibrations and Contact Forces Caused by an Expert Robotic Surgeon Doing FRS Tasks.  8th Annual Hamlyn Symposium on Medical Robotics.  75--77.
  • Gillespie R. Brent, Dongwon Kim, Suchoski Jacob M., Bo Yu, Brown Jeremy D. (2014).  Series elasticity for free free-space motion for free.  Proc. IEEE Haptics Symposium.  IEEE.  609--615.
  • Brown J.D., Paek A., Syed M., O'Malley M.K., Shewokis P.A., Contreras-Vidal J.L., Davis A.J., Gillespie R.B. (2013).  Understanding the role of haptic feedback in a teleoperated/prosthetic grasp and lift task.  2013 World Haptics Conference, WHC 2013.
  • Paek Andrew Y, Brown Jeremy D, Gillespie R Brent, O'Malley Marcia K, Shewokis Patricia A, Contreras-Vidal Jose L (2013).  Reconstructing surface EMG from scalp EEG during myoelectric control of a closed looped prosthetic device..  Proc. IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society (EMBC).  5602--5.
  • Brown Jeremy D, Paek Andrew, Syed Mashaal, O'Malley M K, Shewokis P A, Contreras-Vidal J L, Gillespie R. Brent (2013).  Understandin[1] J. D. Brown, A. Paek, M. Syed, M. K. O'Malley, P. A. Shewokis, J. L. Contreras-Vidal, and R. B. Gillespie, “Understanding the Role of Haptic Feedback in a Teleoperated / Prosthetic Grasp and Lift Task,” in Proc. IEEE World Haptics Conferen.  Proc. IEEE World Haptics Conference.  271--276.
  • Brown Jeremy D., Gillespie R. Brent, Gardner Duane, Gansallo Emmanuel a. (2012).  Co-location of force and action improves identification of force-displacement features.  Proc. IEEE Haptics Symposium.  187--193.
  • Brown J D, Gillespie R B (2011).  The effect of force/motion coupling on motor and cognitive performance.  Proc. IEEE World Haptics Conference.  197--202.
  • Gillespie R B, Contreras-Vidal J L, Shewokis P A, O'Malley M K, Brown J D, Agashe H, Gentili R, Davis A (2010).  Toward improved sensorimotor integration and learning using upper-limb prosthetic devices.  Proc. IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society (EMBC).  5077--5080.
  • "Getting a Feel for Robotic Surgery: The Role of Haptic Cues in Early Psychomotor Development", Clinical Robotic Surgery Association.  Chicago Illinois, United States of America (the).  September 23, 2017
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