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.


Lab Highlights

Global Perspectives on Medicine, Rehabilitation and Robotics Webinar Series

Join us for the ongoing webinar series, Global Perspectives on Medicine, Rehabilitation and Robotics, sponsored by the Center for Global Health and Elsevier in collaboration with Penn CFAR and our international colleagues at the University of Botswana and Botswana-UPenn Partnership.

Email Dr. Michelle Johnson with questions or speaker suggestions. johnsonmic@pennmedicine.upenn.edu

Upcoming Webinars

Wednesday, January 20, 2021 | 10am EST/5pm CET
Topic 1: Stroke Rehabilitation in Nigeria: Current Perspectives and Future Trends
  • Professor Matthew O. B. Olaogun obtained his BSc degree in Physiotherapy from the University of Ibadan, Nigeria and his MS degree in Kinesiology from the School of Kinesiology, Simon Fraser University, Burnaby, BC, Canada. He is a Fellow of the Nigeria Physiotherapy Postgraduate College (Neuro physiotherapy and Mental Health)- He was a consultant physiotherapist at Obafemi Awolowo University Teaching Hospital. He is currently Dean/Senior Assistant Provost, Faculty of Basic Medical and Health Sciences, College of Health Sciences, Bowen University, Iwo, Nigeria.
Topic 2: Developing Homegrown Rehabilitation Robotics Expertise in Developing Countries: Nigeria as a Case Study
  • Dr. Kayode P. Ayodele is the principal researcher of the Bio-Signal Processing, Instrumentation and Control (BiSIC) Lab of the Department of Electronic and Electrical Engineering, Obafemi Awolowo University, Nigeria. His research interests include development of novel biomedical instruments and computational methods or tools for rapidly design and testing rehabilitation robots. He is a previous winner of the Carnegie iLab Junior Research Fellowship, the MIT-Total Empowering the Teachers Fellowship, and the IEEE Education Society Theodore L. Batchman Outstanding paper award. He is a member of the IEEE, the Society for Neuroscience, and the International Consortium of Rehabilitation Robotics.

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Dr. Johnson recently presented her work to the Penn Mechanical Engineering and Applied Mechanics Department as part of their fall seminar series

Take a look at a recent talk by Dr. Johnson and Kevin Bui on robot-assisted rehabilitation, focused on feasibility in Botswana and rehabilitation for people with HIV.

Michael Sobrepera recently presented a seminar talk to the MEAM Department at Penn. Take a look: