M Wu

Graduate Student

Biomedical Engineering, Georgia Tech and Emory University


  • MS, Mechanical Engineering, Northwestern University, Evanston, IL, 2010
  • BS, Engineering Mechanics, Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, MD, 2007


My current research focuses on characterizing how hand forces affect walking and balance in human-human and human-robot interactions. My work involves designing and building novel robotic devices to perform experiments and analyzing motion capture, EMG, and interaction force data. In general, I am interested in touch communication and how it facilitates collaboration between people and between a person and a robot. My unique perspective on human movement is influenced by my experiences in the fields of haptics, human-robot interaction, gait and lower-limb biomechanics, and dance. 


T Cornwell, J Woodward, M Wu, B Jackson, P Souza, J Siegel, S Dhar, KE Gordon, “Walking With Ears: Altered Auditory Feedback Impacts Gait Step Length in Older Adults,” Frontiers in Sports and Active Living, in press.

M Wu, G Brown, J Woodward, SM Bruijn, KE Gordon, “A novel Movement Amplification environment reveals effects of controlling lateral centre of mass motion on gait stability and metabolic cost," Royal Society Open Science, 2020.

C Viramontes, M Wu, J Acasio, J Kim, KE Gordon, “Speed Impacts Frontal-Plane Maneuver Stability of Individuals with Incomplete Spinal Cord Injury,” Clinical Biomechanics, in press.

M Wu, G Brown, K-Y Kim, J Kim, KE Gordon, “Gait variability following abrupt removal of external stabilization decreases with practice in incomplete spinal cord injury but increases in non-impaired individuals,” Journal of NeuroEngineering and Rehabilitation, 2019.

MA Bucklin, M Wu, G Brown, and KE Gordon. "American Society of Biomechanics Journal of Biomechanics Award 2018: Adaptive motor planning of center-of-mass trajectory during goal-directed walking in novel environments." Journal of biomechanics 94, 2019.

M Wu, G Brown, KE Gordon. “Control of Locomotor Stability in Stabilizing and Destabilizing Environments,” Gait and Posture, 2017.

Acasio, M. Wu, Fey NP, Gordon KE. “Stability-maneuverability trade-offs during lateral steps.” Journal of Biomechanics, 23(52), 2017.

G Brown, M Wu, FC Huang, KE Gordon. “Movement augmentation to evaluate human control of locomotor stability,” Conference Proceedings of the IEEE 39th Annual International Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society (EMBC), 2017.

L Hedman, K Horn, M Krifka, M Sayranian, M Wu, L Martin. “Reactive Paretic Leg Lateral Step Training Using Treadmill Perturbations in Community-Dwelling Stroke Survivors,” Archives of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, 2016.

L Hedman, K Horn, M Krifka, M Sayranian, M Wu, L Martin. “Voluntary Lateral Stepping in Community-Dwelling Stroke Survivors and Age-Matched Control Participants,” Archives of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, 2016.

Wu, J.H. Matsubara, K.E. Gordon. “General and Specific Strategies Used to Facilitate Locomotor Maneuvers.” PLoS ONE, 10(7), 2015.

J.H. Matsubara, M. Wu, K.E. Gordon, “Metabolic cost of lateral stabilization during walking in people with incomplete spinal cord injury.” Gait and Posture, 41(2), 2015.

Wu, M.C. Tresch, D.K. Pai, T.G. Sandercock. “Passive Elastic Properties of the Rat Ankle.” Journal of Biomechanics, 45(9), 2012.

D.I. Grow, M. Wu, M.J. Locastro, S.K. Arora, A.J. Bastian, A.M. Okamura. “Haptic Simulation of Elbow Joint Spasticity.” 16th Symposium on Haptic Interfaces for Virtual Environments and Teleoperator Systems, p. 475-476, 2008.

M. Wu, A.M. Okamura. “The Effects of Haptic Feedback on Exploration.” Proceedings of Haptics Symposium 2006.

Wu, J.J. Abbott, A.M. Okamura. “Effects of Velocity on Human Force Control.” Proceedings of World Haptics Conference 2005.