Dr. Daniel A. Jacobs is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Mechanical Engineering at Temple University. Dr. Jacobs completed his Ph.D. in the Mechanical Enginering department of Stanford University working with Dr. Kenneth Waldron in the Robotic Locomotion laboratory. Previously, he worked as a Postdoctoral Fellow in Bioengineering with Dr. Scott Delp at Stanford University in the Neuromuscular Biomechanics laboratory and as a Postdoctoral Fellow in Kinesiology with Dr. Daniel Ferris at the University of Michigan Human Neuromechanics laboratory.

He was selected as a fellow of the Interdisciplinary Rehabilitation Engineering Research Career Development Program (IREK12). His research focuses on the neuromechanics of walking in collaborative human-robot systems, specifically exoskeletons and prosthetic systems for rehabilitation and assistance.

Research Interests

  • Robotics (Exoskeletons and Prosthetic devices)
  • Rehabilitation
  • Human-Robot Interfaces
  • Biomechanics
  • Neuromechanics of Movement

Courses Taught




ENGR 2332

Engineering Dynamics


ENGR 3001

Engineering Economics


MEE 4412

Modern Dynamics for Robotics


MEE 5412

Modern Dynamics for Robotics


MEE 5413

Robotic Manipulation


Selected Publications

  • Canete, S. & Jacobs, D.A. (2021). Novel velocity estimation for symmetric and asymmetric self-paced treadmill training. Journal of NeuroEngineering and Rehabilitation, 18(1). doi: 10.1186/s12984-021-00825-3

  • Jacobs, D.A., Koller, J.R., Steele, K.M., & Ferris, D.P. (2018). Motor modules during adaptation to walking in a powered ankle exoskeleton. Journal of NeuroEngineering and Rehabilitation, 15(1). doi: 10.1186/s12984-017-0343-x

  • Taborri, J., Agostini, V., Artemiadis, P.K., Ghislieri, M., Jacobs, D.A., Roh, J., & Rossi, S. (2018). Feasibility of muscle synergy outcomes in clinics, robotics, and sports: A systematic review. Applied Bionics and Biomechanics, 2018. doi: 10.1155/2018/3934698

  • Jacobs, D.A. & Ferris, D.P. (2016). Evaluation of a low-cost pneumatic plantar pressure insole for predicting ground contact kinetics. Journal of Applied Biomechanics, 32(2), pp. 215-220. doi: 10.1123/jab.2015-0142