J. Edward Colgate received the Ph.D. degree in mechanical engineering in 1988 from M.I.T. He subsequently joined Northwestern University in Evanston, Illinois, where he is currently a professor in the Department of Mechanical Engineering. Dr. Colgate's principal research interest is human-robot interaction. He has worked extensively in the areas of haptic interface and teleoperation, and he, along with collaborator Michael Peshkin, is the inventor of a class of collaborative robots known as “cobots.” He has served as an associate editor of the Journal of Dynamic Systems, Measurement and Control and the IEEE Transactions on Robotics and Automation, and he is the founding Editor-in-Chief of the IEEE Transactions on Haptics. In addition to his academic pursuits, Dr. Colgate is a founder of Stanley Cobotics, the leading supplier of intelligent ergonomic assist devices to the industrial marketplace and of Kinea Design, a start-up devoted to rehabilitation robotics and advanced mechatronics. Dr. Colgate is currently the co-Director (with Don Norman) of the Segal Design Institute at Northwestern University . In this capacity, he directs the Master of Science in Engineering Design and Innovation, which combines graduate-level engineering courses with a broad exposure to human-centered design.
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