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James Schmiedeler

James Schmiedeler

Email: schmiedeler.4@nd.edu

Phone: 574-631-6403

Office: 365B 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




What Would You Fight For? Fighting to Walk Again

September 11, 2017

James Schmiedeler, associate professor of aerospace and mechanical engineering at the University of Notre Dame, builds and conducts research with biped robots. Even though physical therapy experience is conspicuously absent from his CV, as an engineer, he sees parallels. “It’s not too hard as an engineer to look at the human body and think of it as a mechanical system, and if you include the nerves, an electromechanical system,” says Schmiedeler. “By attempting to improve the control of robots to conduct smoother, more human-like locomotion, we also hope to better understand where the deficits lie in helping human patients relearn healthy walking.”

Gridiron Gadgets: Engineering a New Kind of Educational Experience

June 12, 2017

Robotic football is a practical application of the theory taught in classes. Professor James Schmeideler, who teaches an introductory robotics course and helps to advise the robotic football club, describes the benefit as learning at the “systems level.” The robots themselves are systems, with software, mechanical and electrical components working together to achieve a desired function. ... at a higher level, the football team itself is in a sense a system of systems. So individual robots aren’t designed in isolation, but rather with the intent of cooperation and collaboration with other robot systems.

Faculty Recognized for Excellence in Student Engagement and Advising

May 16, 2017

Twenty University of Notre Dame faculty members — including five from the College of Engineering — have received Rev. Edmund P. Joyce, C.S.C., Awards for Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching.

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.