The PARSES logo, which is an 8-bit stylized letter p in red on a black background

The Programmable and Reconfigurable Soft Engineered Systems (PARSES) lab is a multi-disciplinary group at Northeastern University in the departments of Electrical and Computer Engineering (College of Engineering) and Physical Therapy, Movement, and Rehabilitation Sciences (PTMRS, Bouvé College of Health Sciences).


We work on challenges related to the design and engineering of soft actuators, wearable devices, and soft robotics, with focuses on:

  • Design of novel morphology, soft material mechanical sensors

  • Scalable fabrication approaches of multifunctional and active materials

  • Design of origami-inspired, sensorized soft actuators

  • Applications of wearables and robotics to healthcare and physical rehabilitation

A photo of two hands holding a piece of cloth so that it curls on itself
A photo of an origami patterned sensor
A photo of the spiral staircase in the Interdisciplinary Science and Engineering Center (ISEC)