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Dr. Xiangrong Shen




  • Ph.D., Mechanical Engineering, Vanderbilt University, 2006
  • M.S., Mechanical Engineering, University of Nebraska – Lincoln, 2003
  • B.E., Mechanical Engineering and Automation, Shanghai Jiao Tong University, China, 1998

Dr. Xiangrong Shen is a professor in the department of mechanical engineering at The University of Alabama, where he has been a faculty member since 2008. He received his doctorate in mechanical engineering from Vanderbilt University in 2006, and subsequently completed a two-year postdoctoral training in rehabilitation robotics, also at Vanderbilt.

Professor Shen’s research is focused on assistive and rehabilitation robotics, and the specific topics include robotic lower-limb prostheses, portable power-assist lower-limb orthoses, and legged/wheeled robotic platforms for assistive and therapeutic purposes. His research has been supported by multiple NSF and NIH grants, including an NSF CAREER award in 2014.

He served as an associate editor for the journal of Control Engineering Practice from 2008 to 2014, and currently, he is an advisory board member of the Alabama Life Research Institute.

Affiliated Areas
Mechanical Engineering

Selected Publications

  • Zheng, H., Shen, T., Afsar, M.R., Kang, I., Young, A.J. and Shen, X., 2019, June. A Semi-Wearable Robotic Device for Sit-to-Stand Assistance. In 2019 IEEE 16th International Conference on Rehabilitation Robotics (ICORR)(pp. 204-209). IEEE.
  • Shen, T., Afsar, M.R., Haque, M.R., McClain, E., Meek, S. and Shen, X., 2019, June. A Human-assistive Robotic Platform with Quadrupedal Locomotion. In 2019 IEEE 16th International Conference on Rehabilitation Robotics (ICORR)(pp. 305-310). IEEE.
  • Wu, M., Haque, M. R., & Shen, X. (2017). Obtaining Natural Sit-to-Stand Motion with a Biomimetic Controller for Powered Knee Prostheses. Journal of Healthcare Engineering2017.
  • Wu, M. and Shen, X. (2017) “Design and preliminary testing of a self-contained knee prosthesis with pneumatic actuation.” International Journal of Robotics and Automation, 32(2), DOI: 10.2316/Journal.206.2017.2.206-4616.
  • Zheng, H., Wu, M., & Shen, X. (2016). Pneumatic Variable Series Elastic Actuator. Journal of Dynamic Systems, Measurement, and Control138(8), 081011.

Awards and Honors

  • Best paper award, IEEE International Conference on Rehabilitation Robotics, 2007.
  • Finalist, ASME Dynamic Systems and Control Division Best Student Paper Competition, 2005.

Dr. Shen's Impact

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President’s Faculty Research Award Recipients for 2021 Honored

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A Step Forward

Engineering researchers at The University of Alabama are working to improve powered-prosthetics by linking them with sensors in hopes of creating a prosthetic that seamlessly works with the rest of the body to become a partner in movement without the need for manual tuning.

“Smart Walker” Robotics-Based Mobility Device Funded by NIH

As part of the National Robotics Initiative (NRI), the National Institutes of Health (NIH) is providing $2.2 million for development of three innovative co-robots, which are robotic devices designed to work...

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