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Rehabilitation Engineering and Robotics Laboratory

Rehabilitation Engineering and Robotics Laboratory

Head of Laboratory: Lotte N. S. A. Struijk, Associate Professor (naja

AIM

The work in the laboratory integrates knowledge from biological control methods with the most advanced engineering, robotics and computer techniques. The goal is to design assistive, prosthetic and therapeutic technologies for individuals with sensory-motor disabilities. The research in the laboratory encompasses the design of bio-interface and control technologies for robotics and assistive devices, such as tongue-based control of assistive robotic arms and exoskeletons, brain-based control of lower limb exoskeletons, design of novel robotics such as bio-controlled and bio-inspired soft-exoskeletons and myo-electric and multimodal control of prosthetics and assistive robotics. The laboratory aims to broaden the research into the domain of advanced robotics, bio-exoskeletons, human machine interfacing and virtual reality in rehabilitation with the emphasis on neurorehabilitation. Further, the work includes assessment of the use of such robotic technologies in rehabilitation, e.g. studies of neuroplasticity induced by lower limb exoskeletons. In the laboratory, several robotic devices and bio-interfaces are available such as the JACO2 robot from Kinova Roboics, the SMART HAND, myo-electric prosthesis, a powered wheel chair, and the iTongue.

 

MAIN RESEARCH AREAS

Development of the intraoral inductive tongue computer interface, the iTongue incorporating 18 inductive sensors. 
Development of tongue-based interfaces and control methods for assistive robotic arms – Video
Development of multimodal prosthetic and robotic bio-interfaces
Development of multimodal prosthetic and robotic bio-based control methods
Development of multimodal prosthetic and bio-robotic semi-automated control methods
Development of bio-controlled exo-skeletons, e.g. soft gloves
Bio-interfacing for exoskeletons, e.g. BCI control of lower limb exoskeletons
Development of methods to study the effect of therapy and central nervous system reorganization associated with therapeutic use of prosthetics and robotics
Development of input systems to control assistive and prosthetic devices.
The aim is to enable people with severe sensory-motor disabilities to control prosthetic, therapeutic and assistive devices by volition. The studies include tongue-based control systems

People in the lab

Lotte N. S. A. Struijk, Associate Professor (naja
Strahinja Dosen, Associate Professor
Daniel Johansen, PhD student: Myo and Tongue based control of the SMARTHAND
Mohammed Hamdy Abdelhafiz, PhD student: Bio-robotic soft hand exoskeleton – in collaboration with Associate Professor Erika Spaich
Kasper Kunz Leerskov, PhD student: BCI-driven lower limb EXO, Plasticity induced by EXO-rehabilitation
Salheddine Ayad, Visiting PhD student: 3D Interactive Robotic Rehabilitation System
Close collaboration with people from the EXOTIC project focusing on a bio-based exoskeleton arm in the Biorobotics Laboratory: 4 PhD students and a Postdoc.

KEY COLLABORATORS

BioRobotics Institute of the Scuola Superiore Sant'Anna, Pisa, Italy
Neurorehabilitation Engineering, Department of Bioengineering, Imperial College London, London, UK
TKS Technology, Denmark (Spin-off company from the Laboratory, developing tongue based control systems)
CISS, Aalborg University, Denmark (Associate Prof. Henrik Schioeler)
Certec, Lunds University, Sweden
Permobil A/S
LT-automation, ROBERT Aps
Aalborg University Hospital
Research Department, Spinal Cord Injury Centre of Western Denmark.

PARTICIPATION IN MAJOR RESEARCH PROJECTS                     

EXOTIC: EXO with Tongue based Intelligent Control 
SMARTHAND: The Smart Bio-adaptive Hand Prosthesis,
NMP4-CT-2006-0033423 (FP6 Strep project);
Project coordinator name: Prof. Thomas Laurell, Lunds Universitet, Lund, Sweden;
Project duration: 3 years (2006-2009)

LOCATION

Fredrik Bajers Vej 7D, D3-108