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.


July 2019 | Congratulations to Dr. Max Shepherd on the successful defense of his dissertation! Max earned his PhD in Biomedical Engineering from Northwestern University, and has the honor of being the first doctoral student to graduate from the Neurobionics Lab. Well done, Max!

June 2019 | Check out this Michigan Robotics press release about the Open Source Leg!

June 2019 | Dr. Rouse, Dr. Levi Hargrove, and teams from Michigan Robotics and the Shirley Ryan AbilityLab executed an on-stage demo of the Open Source Leg (OSL) at the Amazon Re:Mars conference in Las Vegas, NV. A man named Terry, who has a transfemoral amputation, walked across the stage and climbed up and down stairs wearing the OSL using Dr. Hargrove’s state-of-the-art intent recognition system. You can watch their talk and see the demo here.

June 2019 | Welcome to our newest lab member, Dr. Varun Joshi! Varun will be working as a postdoc co-advised by Dr. Rouse and Dr. Chandramouli Krishnan (department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation). Varun completed his PhD at Ohio State University under the direction of Professor Manoj Srinivasan. 

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! 

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