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!


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 controlled using Dr. Hargrove’s state-of-the-art intent recognition system. You can watch their talk and see the demo here


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. 


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 receiving a 2019 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


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

February 2019

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

July 2018

PhD student Alejandro Azocar won 2nd place in the Student Paper Competition at the 40th Annual IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Conference in Honolulu, HI. His paper was selected from over 200 publications. Congratulations, Alejandro! 

Sept 2017

We are very excited to be joining the Michigan Mechanical Engineering and Michigan Robotics community!