Michelle Jillian Johnson, PhD

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Associate Professor of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation
Department: Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation
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Contact information
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
Education:
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

S. Gaardsmoe, M. Ovando, K. Bui, MJ Johnson: Development of a low-cost balance assessment system for use in an affordable robot gym in low-and-middle income countries. IEEE Latin American Symposium on Circuits and Systems (LASCAS), Feb. 24-28, 2020, San Jose, Costa Rica. IEEE, March 2020.

Cordella F., Zollo L., Johnson MJ.: Analysis of Human Behavior for Robot Design and Control. Applied Bionics and Biomechanics. Hindawi, 2020, feb 2020 Notes: https://doi.org/10.1155/2020/1726347.

Fitter, N.T., Mohan, M., Kuchenbecker, K.J., Johnson MJ: Exercising with Baxter: Preliminary Support for Assistive Social-Physical Human-Robot Interaction. Journal of NeuroEngineering and Rehabilitation Biomed Central, 17(19), feb 2020 Notes: https://doi.org/10.1186/s12984-020-0642-5.

Bustamante-Valles KD, Marquez DC, Johnson MJ.: Robotic Rehabilitation Therapy in Chihuahua Mexico, challenges from translating a clinical research protocol to clinical practice. IEEE Latin American Symposium on Circuits and Systems (LASCAS), Feb. 24-28, 2020, San Jose, Costa Rica IEEE, Feb 2020.

Wang WS, Mendonca R, Kording K, Avery M, Johnson MJ: Towards data-driven autonomous robot-assisted physical rehabilitation therapy. IEEE 16th International Conference on Rehabilitation Robotics (ICORR), 24-28 June 2019, Toronto, ON, Canada. IEEE, Page: 34-39, June 2019 Notes: DOI:10.1109/ICORR.2019.8779555.

Mucchiani C, Cacchione P, Torres W, Johnson MJ, Yim M: Exploring a low-cost mobile manipulation for elder care within a community-based setting. Journal of Intelligent & Robotic Systems Springer Nature, 98(1): 59-70, Jun 2019 Notes: https://doi.org/10.10007/s10846-019-01041-x.

Ho ES, Torres W, Prosser L, Johnson MJ: Ailu: An affordable sensorized toy for detection of neuro and motor delays in infants. IEEE 16th International Conference on Rehabilitation Robotics (ICORR), 24-28 June 2019, Toronto, ON, Canada. IEEE, Page: 994-999, Jun 2019 Notes: DOI:10.1109/ICORR.2019.8779523.

Chambers C, Seethapathi N, Saluja R, Loeb H, Pierce S, Bogen D, Prosser L, Johnson MJ, ording KP: Computer vision to automatically assess infant neuromotor risk. bioRxiv. bioRxiv, June 2019 Notes: doi: https://doi.org/10.1101/756262

Sobrepera MJ, Kina E, Johnson MJ. : Designing and evaluating the face of lil’Flo: an affordable social rehabilitation robot. IEEE 16th International Conference on Rehabilitation Robotics (ICORR), 24-28 June 2019, Toronto, ON, Canada. IEEE, Page: 748-753, Jun 2019 Notes: DOI:10.1109/icorr.2019.8779416

Bui KD, Johnson MJ: Robot-based measures of upper limb cognitive-motor interference across the HIV-Stroke spectrum. IEEE 16th International Conference on Rehabilitation Robotics (ICORR), 24-28 June 2019, Toronto, ON, Canada IEEE, Page: 530-535, Jun 2019 Notes: DOI:10.1109/ICORR.2019.8779418.

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Last updated: 07/06/2020
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