News & Events

NeuRRo Lab Tour with Avalon Housing

posted Oct 1, 2018, 12:34 PM by Edward Washabaugh   [ updated Oct 1, 2018, 3:51 PM by Chandramouli Krishnan ]

Tom Augenstein lead a STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) outreach activity for Avalon Housing. During the outreach, middle school students were exposed to cutting-edge research in the field of rehabilitation, learned about the use of low-cost technologies for rehabilitation, and received hands-on experience to gain an understanding of EMG (muscle activity), EEG (brain activity), passive robotics, motion capture, and principles of motor learning. The exit survey indicated that most of the students enjoyed their visit and the outreach experience increased their interest towards pursuing a degree in STEM. Kudos to Tom and others (Amanda, Adam, Peter, and Avi) who assisted in the outreach,and thanks to National Science Foundation and Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation for their support.

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NeuRRo Lab Awarded NSF DARE Grant

posted Jun 20, 2018, 10:48 AM by E. Peter Washabaugh

The NeuRRo Lab was recently awarded a grant through the National Science Foundation's (NSF) Disability & Rehab Engineering (DARE) Program. The project is titled "Semi-Passive Robots for Stroke Rehabilitation" and seeks to lower the cost of rehabilitation robots by designing robots that use controllable passive actuators as an alternative to motors. The project is set to begin in on July 1st 2018. More details can be found HERE.  


Aviroop wins IEEE BR41N.IO Hackathon!

posted Jun 4, 2018, 4:16 PM by Chandramouli Krishnan   [ updated Jun 4, 2018, 4:19 PM ]

Congratulations to Dr. Aviroop Dutt-Mazumder!! Avi participated in the BR41N.IO a Brain Computer Interface Designers Hackathon 2018 in Pacific Grove, CA sponsored by IEEE Brain and hosted by the Brain Computer Interface (BCI) society. The Hackathon warranted 24 hours of non-stop coding challenge. He and two of his team members successfully implemented a P300 BCI to fly a DRONE and control the flight path using EEG signals. The team competed against various groups from Europe, Latin America, Asia, including acclaimed institutes such as MIT (USA) and INRIA (FRA).

His team was awarded a cash prize of $1200 by the DARPA (Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency) program officer, and has been invited to present their work at IEEE Conference later this year at San Diego, CA.

Avi is currently being mentored by Dr. Krishnan (NeuRRo Lab) and Dr. Huggins (DBI Lab) at the University of Michigan.

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Dr. Krishnan Joins the Editorial Board for IEEE TNSRE

posted Dec 28, 2017, 11:58 AM by Edward Washabaugh   [ updated Dec 28, 2017, 12:32 PM ]

Dr. Krishnan has been appointed as an associate editor for IEEE Transactions on Neural Systems & Rehabilitation Engineering (TNSRE) Journal.

IEEE TNSRE focuses on the rehabilitative and neural aspects of biomedical engineering, including functional electrical stimulation, acoustic dynamics, human performance measurement and analysis, nerve stimulation, electromyography, motor control and stimulation; and hardware and software applications for rehabilitation engineering and assistive devices.

The website can be found at: 


Good Vibrations!

posted Sep 13, 2017, 8:57 AM by Edward Washabaugh   [ updated Sep 13, 2017, 8:59 AM ]

The NeuRRo Lab is working with collaborators on a vibratory device that could be used in the intensive care unit (ICU) to help immobile patients avoid atrophy and other risks while confined to a hospital bed. 

News about the project can be found HERE

Postdoctoral Positions

posted Jul 1, 2017, 10:37 AM by Chandramouli Krishnan   [ updated Jul 1, 2017, 11:11 AM ]

The NeuRRo Lab is seeking highly-motivated post-doctoral fellows to work on funded projects. More information can be obtained at http://neurro-lab.engin.umich.edu/education-and-jobs

Congratulations to Peter for Achieving Candidacy Status!!!

posted May 14, 2017, 6:25 PM by Chandramouli Krishnan   [ updated May 14, 2017, 6:26 PM ]

Edward P. Washabaugh successfully passed his PhD qualifying exam (with no conditions) on 05/12/2017 and achieved candidacy status. His qualifying exam proposal titled "Wearable Resistive Robots for Gait Rehabilitation" consisted of three Specific Aims and the committee unanimously thought that he demonstrated excellent knowledge of his project as well as material related to competing methods and background. Many congratulations, Peter! Job well done!!!

Congrats to Jane Guo for Obtaining her Master's Degree in BME!

posted Apr 28, 2017, 8:20 AM by Edward Washabaugh   [ updated May 5, 2017, 7:37 AM by Chandramouli Krishnan ]

Master's student Jane Guo has graduated with her thesis titled: "A Portable Eddy Current Braking Device for Upper-Extremity Functional Resistance Training", which she successfully defended on April 24th, 2017. An abstract of the work is presented below:

Loss of arm function is common in individuals with neurological damage, such as stroke or cerebral palsy. Robotic devices that address muscle strength deficits in a task-

specific manner can assist in the recovery of arm function; however, current devices are typically large, bulky, and expensive to be routinely used in the clinic or at home. To address this issue, we developed a portable, passive planar reaching robot using eddy current brakes. We then performed theoretical analysis of the robot’s resistive force generating capacity and steerable workspace using Matlab simulations. We also validated the device by having a subject move the end effector along different paths at a set velocity using a metronome while simultaneously collecting surface electromyography (EMG) and end-effector forces felt by the user. Results from simulation experiments indicated that the robot was capable of producing sufficient end-effector forces for functional resistance training. We also found the endpoint forces from the user were similar to the theoretical forces expected at any direction of motion. EMG results indicated that the device was capable of providing adjustable resistances based on subjects’ ability levels, as the muscle activation levels scaled with increasing magnet exposures. These results indicate that this upper extremity device is a promising approach to provide functional resistance training to the muscles along the upper extremity, but further testing is needed to determine the possible therapeutic benefits of this device.

Committee Chair: Chandramouli Krishnan, PT, PhD
Committee Members: C. David Remy, PhD, Cynthia Chestek, PhD, Jane Huggins, PhD

The NeuRRo Lab and Peter Washabaugh Featured in AAAS Science Update Podcast

posted Nov 21, 2016, 8:01 AM by Edward Washabaugh

Edward "Peter" Washbaugh and the NeuRRo Lab were featured in the AAAS Science Update podcast that aired on November 17th. The interview focused on their work using self-powered robots to reduce slacking during therapy after stroke. These findings were presented at the 2016 Society for Neuroscience Conference that took place in San Diego California, and mark an exciting new development in the NeuRRo Lab.

The complete podcast can be accessed at:
http://www.scienceupdate.com/2016/11/robotic-motivation/

NeuRRo Lab's SFN Presentation has been Selected as a Hot Topic

posted Aug 16, 2016, 12:15 PM by Chandramouli Krishnan   [ updated Aug 16, 2016, 3:26 PM by Edward Washabaugh ]

Robotic rehabilitation is a promising approach to recover lost functions after stroke or other neurological disorders; however, “motor slacking” – a phenomenon where the motor system reduces muscle activation levels and movement excursions to minimize metabolic and movement related costs – is a known limitation of externally driven robots. Research at the NeuRRo Lab tested the hypothesis that motor slacking could be effectively minimized if individuals provide the power to move the limb via their own body power (e.g., from their opposite limb). This presentation (Title: Self-powered robots to minimize motor slacking during rehabilitation) has been selected as a Neuroscience 2016 Hot Topic and will be included in this year's (2016) Hot Topics book. Peter Washabaugh will be presenting this work at the Neuroscience 2016 (SFN).  This work was funded by NIH Grant# R01 EB019834. For more information and include this work in your meeting planner, please visit: SFN abstract


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