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Michelle Jillian Johnson, PhD

Michelle Jillian Johnson, PhD

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Assistant Professor of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation
Department: Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation

Contact information
Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation
1800 Lombard Street
Philadelphia, PA 19146
Office: 215 893-2665
Fax: 215 893-2686
Lab: 215 893-2695
BS (Mechanical Engineering and Applied Mechanics)
University of Pennsylvania, 1990.
MS (Mechanical Engineering (Emphasis in Robot Mechanical System)
University of California, 1994.
PhD (Mechanical Engineering (Emphasis in Robotics, Design, Controls and Mechatronics)
Stanford University, 2002.
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Description of Research Expertise

My research is mainly in the area of robot-mediated rehabilitation. I am focused on the investigation and rehabilitation of dysfunction due to aging, neural disease, and neural injury. I am particularly interested in 1) exploring the relationships between brain plasticity and behavioral/motor control changes after robot-assisted interventions; 2)quantifying motor impairment and motor control of the upper limb in real world tasks such as drinking; and 3) defining the methods to maintain therapeutic effectiveness while administering local and remote, robot-mediated interventions.

I direct the Rehabilitation Robotics Lab. This is a new Lab within the Department of Physical, Medicine, and Rehabilitation in the Perelman School of Medicine. The Rehabilitation Robotics Lab mission is to use robotics,rehabilitation,and neuroscience techniques to translate research findings into the development of assistive and therapeutic rehabilitation robots capable of functioning in real-world rehabilitation environments. Our goal is to improve the quality of life and function on activities of daily living (ADLs) of our target population in supervised or under-supervised settings.

Keywords (in alphabetical order): Brain Plasticity, Design, Controls, Motor Control, Robotics, Rehabilitation, Stroke, Therapy, Upper Limb

Selected Publications

Justine S. Sefcik, Michelle J Johnson, Mark Yim, Emily Dieckmeyer, Nicholas Vivio & Pamela Z. Cacchione: Older Adults and Clinicians Guiding the Design of a Low Cost Assistive Mobile Robot. Gerontological Society of America (GSA) Conference Proceedings November 2015.

Wamsley CA, Rai R., Vivio N, Johnson MJ: High-force Haptic Rehabilitation Robot (TheraDrive) and Motor Outcomes in Chronic Stroke: A Case Study. American Congress on Rehabilitation Medicine Oct 26-30 2015 Notes: Dallas, Texas.

Johnson MJ, Christopher SM, Mohan M, Mendonca R: Assessing human-human therapy kinematics for retargeting to human-robot therapy in Proc of 2015 IEEE International Conference on Rehabilitation Robotics (ICORR), Page: 870-875, Aug. 11-14 2015 Notes: Singapore, Singapore, doi: 10.1109/ICORR.2015.7281312.

Singh A, Rai R, Johnson MJ: Towards a bio-inspired control strategy for bilateral stroke rehabilitation based on motor control principles. in Proc of 2015 IEEE International Conference on Rehabilitation Robotics (ICORR), Page: 858-863, Aug 11-14 2015 Notes: Singapore, Singapore, doi: 10.1109/ICORR.2015.7281310.

Dimwamwa E.; Johnson MJ: Kinematic analysis of unilateral and bilateral drinking task after brain and periphery injuries. in Proc 2015 37th Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society (EMBC), Page: 4558-4561, Aug 26-30 2015 Notes: Milan, Italy, doi: 10.1109/EMBC.2015.7319408.

Adewole, DO, Johnson MJ : A computer model of the human arm: Predictive biomechanics for the theradrive rehabilitation system. in Proc of 2015 IEEE International Conference on Rehabilitation Robotics (ICORR), Page: 798-803, Aug. 11-14 2015 Notes: doi: 10.1109/ICORR.2015.7281300 URL: http://ieeexplore.ieee.org/stamp/stamp.jsp?tp=&arnumber=7281300&isnumber=7281164.

Stephen H. Segal: Never mind hitchBOT: the Geek Awards honor real Philly robotics. Philly Weekly, Cover Story, News and Opinion Aug 12 2015 Notes: http://www.philadelphiaweekly.com/newsandopinion/coverstory/Robotsonthemove321565811.html.

ALAINA MABASO: Scientist of the year nominee grapples with rehab robots at grasp Flying Kite Media, Innovation & Job News Aug 18 2015 Notes: http://www.flyingkitemedia.com/innovationnews/robotrehab081815.aspx.

Chrungoo A, Shirsat P, Johnson MJ: Towards perception driven robot-assisted task-oriented therapy in Proc of 2015 IEEE International Conference on Rehabilitation Robotics (ICORR),(660-665), Aug. 11-14 2015 Notes: Singapore, Singapore, doi: 10.1109/ICORR.2015.7281276.

Host, Marion Leary: STEAMrollrs Podcast Interview. STEAMrollrs, a new segment of the STEM Everyday Podcast July 22 2015.

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Last updated: 11/30/2015
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