Hugh Herr had both legs amputated below the knee after a mountain climbing accident. When a doctor told him he would never climb again, Hugh set to work building artificial legs and feet to accomplish the task.
Hugh Herr is an Assistant Professor, Media Arts and Sciences at MIT and
Assistant Professor, MIT-Harvard Division of Health Sciences and
Technology, as well as the director of the Biomechatronics Group at The
MIT Media Lab. Herr’s research program seeks to advance technologies
that promise to accelerate the merging of body and machine, including
device architectures that resemble the body's musculoskeletal design,
actuator technologies that behave like muscle, and control
methodologies that exploit principles of biological movement.