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Dr. Krishnan is Promoted to Associate Professor with Tenure!

posted Aug 31, 2020, 9:13 PM by Chandramouli Krishnan   [ updated Aug 31, 2020, 9:16 PM ]

Dr. Krishnan has been promoted to Associate Professor with Tenure on the Instructional Track effective September 1, 2020 (,%20Chandramouli.pdf). Dr. Krishnan joined the Department of Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation at the University of Michigan as a part of Robotics Cluster hire in 2012. He founded the Neuromuscular and Rehabilitation Robotics Laboratory (NeuRRo Lab), which focuses on developing and testing low-cost technologies for the assessment and treatment of neurological and orthopaedic conditions. Dr. Krishnan's research examines the alterations in muscle strength, neuromuscular function, plasticity, and movement control after an injury to the neuro-musculoskeletal system and connects how these insights can be applied to rehabilitation using robotics, motor learning, exercise interventions, and virtual reality. His expertise includes biomechanics, motor control, human locomotion, clinical research, virtual/augmented reality, robotics, and low-cost technologies for rehabilitation. He has over 20 years of clinical and research experience in Physical Therapy and Rehabilitation Sciences, has published more than 50 articles in peer-reviewed journals, and has presented at over 100 national and international meetings. He is an Associate Editor for the IEEE Transactions on Neural Systems and Rehabilitation Engineering. He is also an Associate Editor for the Restorative Neurology and Neuroscience and a Section Editor for the Measurement in Physical Education and Exercise Science. He is an ad hoc reviewer for more than 40 international journals spanning across the field of engineering, biomechanics, and rehabilitation, and a regular reviewer for the National Institutes of Health and various international grant panels. Dr. Krishnan’s research program is funded through intramural and extramural grants, including support from the National Institutes of Health and National Science Foundation. Dr. Krishnan attributes his success to his students, collaborators, mentors, support staff, department leaders, and his family members. Many congratulations to Dr. Krishnan and wishing him many more successes in the future!!

Thomas (Tom) E. Augenstein Receives the Prestigious NSF Graduate Research Fellowship Award!

posted Apr 10, 2019, 8:37 AM by Chandramouli Krishnan   [ updated Apr 10, 2019, 12:49 PM ]

Tom has been awarded the prestigious National Science Foundation (NSF) Graduate Research Fellowship Award (2019). NSF Fellows are selected based on their potential to become globally engaged knowledge experts and leaders who can contribute significantly to research, education, and innovations in science and engineering. Tom was one among the 2000 applicants who were selected competitively from a pool of more than 15000 applicants by a panel of experts for his proposed research work on a low cost robotics and muscle synergy control for stroke rehabilitation. Specifically, the proposed work involves (1) developing and validating a low-cost, semi-passive rehabilitation robot (SepaRRo), (2) implementing and evaluating an EMG-based controller for retraining muscle synergies in stroke survivors, and (3) evaluating the cumulative effects of EMG-based robotic control treatment for correcting post-stroke muscle synergies. Tom is currently pursuing a Master's degree (with Thesis) in Mechanical Engineering under the mentorship of Dr. Chandramouli Krishnan at Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation. He has been admitted to the UM Robotics PhD program and will be starting his PhD with Dr. Krishnan in Fall 2019. He is the second student in Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation to earn this distinction. The mission of the University of Michigan Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation ( is to maximize the health, function and quality of life of individuals with acute and chronic illness and disability in the local and global community throughout their life span through innovative research, education, advocacy and interdisciplinary clinical practice. Tom's work fits well with this mission and we wish him more success in his endeavors!
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Our Recent Article on a Robotic Device was Selected as a Featured Article in IEEE TBME

posted Feb 12, 2019, 7:50 PM by Chandramouli Krishnan

Our recent paper on A Portable Passive Rehabilitation Robot for Upper-Extremity Functional Resistance Training was selected as a featured article in IEEE Transactions on Biomedical Engineering. Peter was the lead author on the paper and Jane Guo (NeuRRo Lab Alumni) was a co-first author on the paper. More about this article can be found at
A Portable Passive Rehabilitation Robot for Upper-Extremity Functional Resistance Training

Dr. Krishnan Served as a Visiting Professor for Sree Balaji College of Physiotherapy, India

posted Feb 12, 2019, 7:44 PM by Chandramouli Krishnan

Dr. Krishnan was invited to serve as a visiting professor for Physiotherapy Students at Sree Balaji College of Physiotherapy, Pallikaranai, Chennai ( in December 2018. He lectured on Physical Therapy after Stroke - Are We Making a Difference? During his visit he also did a case evaluation and physical therapy treatment consultation for stroke patients.

Dr. Krishnan Delivers a Key Note in Eyan 2018 Physiotherapy Conference in India

posted Feb 12, 2019, 7:34 PM by Chandramouli Krishnan

Dr. Krishnan delivered a Key Note address on Experience-Dependent Plasticity in Rehabilitation: What We Know, What We Don't Know, and What We Need to Know at Eyan 2018: International Conference on Recent Updates in Physiotherapy held in December 2018 at Chennai, India. The conference was organized by the S.R.M. College of Physiotherapy, a premier physiotherapy college in Tamil Nadu, India. The press release on this conference could be found here:

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

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