The University of Michigan Rehabilitation Robotics Group consists of 8 faculty members working in the field of rehabilitation robotics. Rehabilitation robotics is the field of science and engineering concerned with powered devices for improving function or mobility in individuals with disabilities. It includes powered devices for movement therapy (e.g., after a stroke or spinal cord injury) and of robotic devices for the chronic assistance of human function (e.g., powered prosthetics and orthotics). The group has members from five different units – Biomedical Engineering; Kinesiology; Mechanical Engineering; Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation; and Psychology. Each Rehabilitation Robotics Group member directs a research laboratory developing and/or testing technologies to aid in the rehabilitation of individuals with neurological or musculoskeletal disabilities.
The Rehabilitation Robotics Group moves the University of Michigan to the forefront of the emerging field of rehabilitation robotics. The group aims to:
- Offer new opportunities for research collaborations
- Bring together novel healthcare and engineering expertise
- Provide a variety of mentoring opportunities for undergraduates, graduate students, and postdoctoral researchers
- Encourage greater resource-sharing