Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania

Rehabilitation Robotics Lab

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The Rehabilitation Robotics Lab at Penn

The Rehabilitation Robotics Lab at the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine is led by its director, Dr. Michelle J. Johnson. All research and development is performed under her supervision and direction, and is sponsored by the Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation. The lab’s mission and focus is to use rehabilitation robotics and neuroscience to investigate brain plasticity and motor function after non-traumatic brain injuries, for example in stroke survivors or persons diagnosed with cerebral palsy. By examining the underlying causes of limb impairment after neural disease, injury, or cerebral accident, the lab works to discover effective methods to expedite a robust functional recovery. Translating research findings into the development of extremely affordable therapeutic robots that are able to provide effective neurorehabilitation – both on the national and global level – is the ultimate goal of the Rehabilitation Robotics Lab.


November 10, 2017

The Rehab Robotics Lab, led by Dr. Michelle Johnson, has published a new paper entitled "Task and Design Requirements for an Affordable Mobile Service Robot for Elder Care in an All-Inclusive Care for Elders Assisted-Living Setting"

April 28th-May 6th, 2017

During Philly Tech Week, Dr. Johnson will be speaking on a Panel entitled "Robot City: Automation and Low Wage Workers" on May 4th! Please see link below for more details:

July 5th, 2016

Watch Dr. Johnson's 2016 TedxPenn talk!

November 2016

Click here to read our work featured in the Children's Hospital of Philadelphia Bench To Bedside Issue entitled "Smart Robotic Toy Gym Could Identify Early Signs of Babies’ Developmental Delay"

August 15th, 2015

Click here to read Dr. Johnson's comments on "bot life in Philadelphia", as a Philly Geek Award finalist for 2015 Scientist of the Year

August 11th, 2015

Dr. Johnson and her colleagues will be conducting a workshop called "Affordable Rehabilitation and Assistive Robots for Low Resource Settings and Developing Countries" at IEEE ICORR 2015. For more information, click here.

October 25th-30th, 2015

Dr. Johnson and her colleagues will be presenting a symposium called "Building Capacity for Global Health and Rehabilitation using Technology" at the Proposal for Symposia at American Congress on Rehabilitation Medicine (ACRM) 2015 Conference in Dallas, Texas. For more information, click here

June 11th, 2015

Watch Dr. Johnson's 2015 TedxPhiladelphia talk!