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.

Lab Highlights

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:

Michael Sobrepera recently presented some of his work to the MEAM Department at Penn. Take a look:

It has been a great year, take a look at one of our robots, Lil'Flo, as she explores campus to get a bow to put on her present: