Assistive & Rehabilitation Robotics Laboratory
Our lab strives to advance human ability through robotics autonomy, by easing the burden of controlling assistive machines.
It is a paradox that often the more severe a person's motor impairment, the more challenging it is for them to operate the very assistive machines which might enhance their quality of life. A primary aim of our lab is to address this confound by incorporating robotics autonomy and intelligence into assistive machines---turning the machine into a kind of robot, and offloading some of the control burden from the user to the machine. Robots already synthetically sense, act in and reason about the world, and these technologies can be leveraged to help bridge the gap left by sensory, motor or cognitive impairments in the users of assistive machines.
Our research lies at the intersection of artificial intelligence, rehabilitation robotics and machine learning. A distinguishing theme present within many of our projects is that the machine automation is customizable---to a user's physical abilities, personal preferences or even financial means. A fundamental question that arises time and again throughout many of our projects is how exactly to share control between the robot and the human user. We are working with a range of hardware platforms, from a smart wheelchair to a 6-DoF assistive robotic arm.
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