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James Schmiedeler

James Schmiedeler


Phone: 574-631-6403

Office: 373 Fitzpatrick Hall


PhD - Ohio State University, 2001


Dr. Schmiedeler conducts his research in the Locomotion And Biomechanics Laboratory in the Fitzpatrick Hall of Engineering. Dr. Schmiedeler's research interests fall broadly into the areas of kinematics, dynamics, and machine design, particularly as applied to the development of robotic systems and an understanding of human motor coordination. His current work focuses on biped robot locomotion, human recovery from stroke and spinal-cord-injury, robot-assisted rehabilitation, prosthetic devices, mechanical energy storage for vehicles, and the design of shape-changing mechanisms. His work is roughly balanced between experimental and theoretical activities.


  • Ambike, S., Schmiedeler, J.P., and Stanisic, M.M., 2011, “Trajectory tracking via independent solutions to the geometric and temportal tracking subproblems,” ASME Journal of Mechanisms and Robotics, vol. 3, no. 2, pp. 021008:1-12.
  • Yadav, V.S., Schmiedeler, J.P., McDowell, S., and Worthen-Chaudhari, L., 2010, “Quantifying age-related differences in human reaching while interacting with a rehabilitation robotic device,” Applied Bionics and Biomechanics, vol. 7, no. 4, pp. 289-299.
  • Yang, T., Westervelt, E.R., Serrani, A., & Schmiedeler, J.P., 2009, "A framework for the control of stable aperiodic walking in underactuated planar bipeds," Autonomous Robots, vol. 27, pp. 277-290.
  • Darling, W.G., Viane, A., Peterson, C.R., & Schmiedeler, J.P., 2008, "Perception of hand motion direction uses a gravitational reference," Experimental Brain Research, vol. 186, no. 2, pp. 237-248.
  • Zou, H., Schmiedeler, J.P., & Hardy, W.N., 2007, “Separating brain motion into rigid body displacement and deformation under low-severity impacts,” Journal of Biomechanics, vol. 40, no. 6, pp. 1183-1191.

Summary of Activities/Interests

Robotics, human motor coordination

Machine design




ND Undergraduates Score off the Gridiron

December 1, 2016

Since the days of the Four Horsemen, the Fighting Irish have been known for their activities on the gridiron. Robot football at Notre Dame, which has been supported by The Boeing Company, offers rousing competition against other universities. More than that, it is a chance for the students to gain hands-on experience.


September 2, 2016

James Schmiedeler, associate professor of aerospace and mechanical engineering at the University of Notre Dame, builds and conducts research with biped robots. He’s quick to point out that physical therapy experience is conspicuously absent from his CV, but as an engineer, he sees parallels.

How Researchers Are Turning "Star Wars" Droids into Reality

December 15, 2015

The enduring popularity of and interest in "Star Wars," C-3PO, and R2-D2 speaks to the fascination many people have with robotics and artificial intelligence. Although no one will have their own C-3PO soon, a number of University of Notre Dame researchers are working to make droids more science fact than science fiction.

Notre Dame Robotics Featured in New James Patterson Book "House of Robots"

November 24, 2014

Prolific bestselling author James Patterson releases a new children’s book today (Nov. 24) and it has a distinct University of Notre Dame feel.

ASME 2013 Fellows: Karel Matous and James P. Schmiedeler

December 11, 2013

The ASME Board of Governors confers the Fellow grade of membership on worthy candidates to recognize their outstanding engineering achievements. Nominated by their peers, these 2012-2013 Fellows have had 10 or more years of active practice and at least 10 years of active corporate membership in ASME.