Michelle Jillian Johnson, PhD

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

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Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation
1800 Lombard Street, 1st Floor, Office 9
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, Irvine, 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

Johnson MJ, Sobrepera M, Mendonca R: Design of an Affordable Socially Assistive Robot for Remote Health and Function Monitoring and Prognostication International Journal of Prognostics and Health Management (IJPHM) 10(005): 15, March 2019 Notes: (Special Issue PHM for Human Health and Performance).

Johnson MJ, Mendonca R: Chapter 17: Rehabilitation Robotics. Rehabilitation Engineering. Mihailidis A, Smith RO (eds.). CRC Press, In press 2019.

Goodman A, Johnson MJ, and Popovic M: Chapter 12: Physical Therapy and Rehabilitation. Biomechantronics. Popovic M. (eds.). Elsevier, In press 2019.

Bui K, Johnson MJ: Designing Robot-Assisted Neurorehabilition Strategies for People with Both HIV and Stroke. Journal of NeuroEngineering and Rehabilitation. Biomed Central, 15(1): 75, August 2018 Notes: https://doi.org/10.1186/s12984-018-0418-3.

Bui KD, Johnson MJ: Developing Robot-Based Cognitive and Motor Tasks for People Living with Both HIV and Stroke. 7th IEEE International Conference on Biomedical Robotics and Biomechatronics (Biorob), August 26-29, Enschede, The Netherlands. IEEE, Page: 31-36, August 2018 Notes: doi 10.1109/BIOROB.2018.8487670.

Mucchiani C, Torres WO, Edgar D, Johnson MJ, Cacchione PZ, Yim M: Development and Deployment of a Mobile Manipulator for Assisting and Entertaining Elders Living in Supportive Apartment Living facilities. 27th IEEE International Symposium on Robot and Human Interactive Communication (RO-MAN). IEEE, Page: 121-128, August 2018 Notes: doi 10.1109/ROMAN.2018.8525826.

Bui KD, Johnson MJ: Robotic Assessment to Quantify HIV-related Episodic Disability in Stroke. Proc of Rehabilitation Engineering and Assistive Technology Society of North America, Jul, Washington, DC, USA. RESNA, Jul 2018.

Bui KD, Johnson MJ: Towards Robot-Based Cognitive and Motor Assessment Across the HIV-Stroke Spectrum. 40th International Conference of the IEEE Engineering Medince Biology Society (EMBC), Honolulu, HI, USA. IEEE, Page: 3618-3621, July 2018.

Sobrepera MJ, Johnson MJ: The Design of Lil’Flo, an Affordable Socially Assistive Robot for Telepresence Rehabilitation. Proc of Rehabilitation Engineering and Assistive Technology Society of North America, Jul, Washington, DC, USA. RESNA, Jul 2018.

Zhao s, Mohan M, Torres WO, Bogen DK, Shofer FS, Prosser L, Loeb H, Johnson MJ: Assessment of Atypical Motor Development in Infants through Toy-stimulated Play and Center of Pressure Analysis. Proc of Rehabilitation Engineering and Assistive Technology Society of North America, Jul, Washington, DC, USA. RESNA, Jul 2018.

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Last updated: 04/24/2019
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