Our lab does research in robotics, wearable sensors, information technology, and computational neuroscience for movement rehabilitation. Our goal is to develop innovative technologies that help people recover after neurologic injuries such as stroke and spinal cord injury based on an understanding of neuromuscular control and plasticity mechanisms. We are also using such technologies, along with computational models of neuro-recovery, to help assess and enhance emerging neuro-repair therapies.
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Our work is multi-disciplinary and is part of both the Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering and Department of Anatomy and Neurobiology at U.C. Irvine. We are affiliated with the Department of Biomedical Engineering, the Reeve-Irvine Research Center for Spinal Cord Injury Research, the California Institute for Telecommunications and Information Technology (Calit2), the Center for the Neurobiology and Learning, the Institute for Clinical and Translational Science, the iMove Collaboratory, the Shirley Ryan Ability Lab, and the Gordon Mansfield Spinal Cord Injury Translational Collaborative Consortium.
Inventions from our laboratory have been commercialized and are now used worldwide, including the ArmeoSpring Exoskeleton for upper extremity coordination training, and the MusicGlove for hand dexterity training.