The Neurobionics Lab seeks to advance human mobility through an improved understanding of how the nervous system controls the body during dynamic tasks, such as locomotion. The intent is to translate these discoveries into novel design and control principles for wearable robotic systems.  We use the lens of system dynamics, identification, and control to explain how biomechanical properties are regulated, and changed by neurological disease. Merging the worlds of robotics and neuroscience, we are able to develop technologies that we hope will have a profound impact in the lives of individuals with disabilities.

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May 2019 | Amanda Shorter is one of six finalists for the Student Paper Competition at the International Conference on Rehabilitation Robotics (ICORR), out of hundreds of submissions. She will present her paper titled, Ankle Mechanical Impedance During Walking in Chronic Stroke: Preliminary Results, in Toronto in June. 

May 2019 | Ung Hee Lee was awarded the Best Poster Award from the International Conference on Robotics and Automation (ICRA) workshop on robotic locomotion. His poster, titled, The Open Source Leg: Steps Toward Real-world Deployment of Bionics, was recognized from dozens of other poster presentations. 

April 2019 | Congratulations to lab member Nikko Van Crey on his NSF Graduate Research Fellowship award! 

March 2019 | Check out the open source leg on display at the Museum of Science and Industry in Chicago.  The installation is part of the Wired To Wear exhibit, and highlights our work in collaboration with the Shirley Ryan AbilityLab. See a photo of the exhibit and read more here

March 2019 | Undergrad Marcos Cavallin wins the Fall 2018 RISE Best Paper Award for his work titled, Empirical Characterization of the Variable Stiffness Orthosis (VSO). Read more about the VSO here

Feb 2019 | Neurobionics Lab director Dr. Elliott Rouse was awarded the prestigious NSF CAREER award. Read his abstract here

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