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Rehabilitation Engineering and Robotics Laboratory

Rehabilitation Engineering and Robotics Laboratory

REHABILITATION ENGINEERING AND ROBOTICS LABORATORY

Head of Laboratory: Lotte N. S. A. Struijk, Associate Professor (naja)
This lab is affiliated to the Integrative Neuroscience Research Group

AIM

The work in the Laboratory integrates the knowledge from biological control methods and rehabilitation with the most advanced engineering, robotics and computer techniques with the goal of designing assistive, robotic, 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 and hybrid robotic interfaces. Further, the research focuses on system design of novel robotic devices 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, semi-automation and virtual reality in rehabilitation with the emphasis on neurorehabilitation. Further, the Laboratory investigates the application of Bio-Mechanics and Bio-Mechanic modeling in the design of exoskeletons specifically targeting individuals with disabilities, and how robotics can improve sports activities for severely disabled individuals, e.g. facilitation of drone sports for individuals with tetraplegia.

Further, the work includes collaboration with users, clinicians, industry and the 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 chairs, Carbon glove/SEM glove, BCI recording equipment, EMG recording equipment, Cameras etc. for computer vision, Virtual Reality equipment, the iTongue and exoskeletons designed in the lab and in the related EXOTIC lab.

 

MAIN RESEARCH AREAS

  1. Development of the intraoral inductive tongue computer interface, the iTongue incorporating 18 inductive sensors. http://tks-technology.dk/index.php/products/#Itongue
  2. Development of Tongue based interfaces and control methods for Assistive robotic arms – Video
  3. Development of multimodal prosthetic and robotic bio-interfaces
  4. Development of bio-controlled exo-skeletons, e.g. soft gloves
  5. Bio-interfacing for exoskeletons, e.g. BCI control of lower limb exoskeletons
  6. Development of methods to study effect of therapy and central nervous system reorganization associated with therapeutic used of prosthetics and robotics.
  7. 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
  8. Development of multimodal/hybrid prosthetic and robotic bio based control methods
  9. Development of multimodal/hybrid prosthetic and bio-robotic semi-automated control methods

People in the lab

  • Lotte N. S. A. Struijk,  Associate Professor (naja
  • Strahinja Dosen, Associate Professor – Myo control in the MultiRob project: Multimodal control of assistive robotic arms for severely disabled individuals
  • Mads Jochumsen, Assistant Professor from Neural engineering and neurophysiology group -  BCI control in the MultiRob project: Multimodal control of assistive robotic arms for severely disabled individuals
  • Mikkel Thøgersen, Postdoc – System integration and Experimentation in the EXOTIC : Assistive personal robotics platform with an exoskeleton using the tongue for intelligent control as a use case
  • Daniel Johansen, Research assistant: Myo and Tongue based hybrid of the SMARTHAND, and in the MultiRob project where it is combined with semiautonomous control
  • Mohammed Hamdy Abdelhafiz, PhD student: Bio-robotic soft hand exoskeleton
  • Kasper Kunz Leerskov, PhD student: BCI driven rehabilitation robot, Plasticity induced by Robotic-rehabilitation
  • Mostafa Mohammadi, PhD student – Tongue control in the EXOTIC: Assistive personal robotics platform with an exoskeleton using the tongue for intelligent control as a use case
  • Rasmus Leck Kæseler, PhD student – BCI/Tongue in the MultiRob project: Multimodal control of assistive robotic arms for severely disabled individuals
  • Ásgerdur Arna Pálsdóttir, PhD student, Tongue/Remote control in the MultiRob project: Multimodal control of assistive robotic arms for severely disabled individuals.
  • Close collaboration with people from the EXOTIC project focusing on and bio-based exoskeleton arm in the Biorobotics Laboratory: 4 PhD students and a Postdoc.

Visiting

  • 2019 Arthur Camouseigt, ERASMUS student from École Nationale Supérieure de Techniques Avancées (ENSTA ParisTech), France, Internship: Advanced tongue based drone control for individual with tetraplegia.
  • 2019 Enric Casanova, ERASMUS student from Université Paris Descartes - Faculté des Sciences Fondamentales et Biomédicales, France, Internship, Master thesis project: The effect of a reduced range of shoulder abduction on the wrist kinematics - a design parameter for under-actuated arm exoskeletons.
  • 2018 Salheddine Ayad, Visiting PhD student from University of Sidi-Bel-Abbes, Algeria: 3D Interactive Robotic Rehabilitation System

 

KEY COLLABORATORS

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

PARTICIPATION IN MAJOR RESEARCH PROJECTS                     

  • FTP Grant: MultiRob poject: Multimodal control of assistive robotic arms for severely disabled individuals
  • EXOTIC: EXO with Tongue based Intelligent Control, Strategic Interdisciplinary project at Aalborg University
  • 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