Welcome to ASU Neuromuscular Control and Human Robotics Laboratory!


Spring 2017                        
About the Lab

Our research focuses on human motor control, physical human-robot interaction, and robot-aided neurorehabilitation
The main goals of our research are to:
  • identify mechanisms underlying human neuromuscular control;
  • innovate physical human-robot interaction by incorporating key principles in human motor control into robotics;
  • advance robot-aided neurorehabilitation for patients with sensory-motor impairment.
This research draws upon diverse disciplines, including system dynamics and controls, robotics, mechanical design, biomechanics, and neuroscience. The lab is under the direction of Dr. Hyunglae Lee, and is part of the School for Engineering of Matter, Transport, and Energy (SEMTE) at ASU.


News

June 2019 - On June 13, Hyunglae gives an invited talk with the title "Towards the Advancement of Robot-Aided Neurorehabilitation" at Seoul National University Soft Robotics Research Center. NEW! 

May 2019 - On May 30, Hyunglae gives an invited talk with the title "Towards the Advancement of Robot-Aided Neurorehabilitation" at KAIST Electrical Engineering Colloquium. NEW! 

May 2019 - Our paper titled "Gait Symmetric Adaptation: Comparing Effects of Implicit Visual Distortion Versus Split-belt Treadmill on Aftereffects of Adapted Step Length Symmetry," by Pranathi Chunduru et al. has been published in Human Movement Science. NEW!

April 2019 - Congratulations to Trudy Adjei, Elliot Nester, Connor Phillips, and Jason Zhang for being selected to receive the Fulton Undergraduate Research Initiative (FURI) Award and Harshit Dangaich and Trudy Adjei for being selected to receive the Master's Opportunity for Research in Engineering (MORE) Award for Summer/Fall 2019. NEW!

April 2019 - Three abstracts have been accepted for the presentation at The XXVII Congress of the International Society of Biomechanics (ISB 2019) / The 43rd Annual Meeting of the American Society of Biomechanics (ASB 2019)!! Please see the publication page for details. NEW!

March 2019 - John Atkins, a new PhD student, has been awarded ASU FSE Dean's Fellowship. Congratulations! 

February 2019 - Hyunglae Lee has been awarded the NSF CAREER Award for his project, entitled "CAREER: Transparent Robot-Aided Rehabilitation (TRAIN): Robot-Aided Rehabilitation with Refined Characterization of Altered Biomechanics & Enhanced Physical Human-Robot Interaction." 

January 2019 - Two papers have been accepted for the presentation at IEEE International Conference on Robotics and Automation (ICRA 2019) that will take place in Montreal, Canada in May 2019. 

January 2019 - Our paper titled Development of a Two-Axis Robotic Platform for the Characterization of Two-Dimensional Ankle Mechanics” has been accepted for the publication in IEEE/ASME Transaction on Mechatronics (TMECH)

December 2018 - Congratulations to Eric Slovak for being selected to receive the Fulton Undergraduate Research Initiative (FURI) Award and David Yoon, Lee Stadem, and Abraham Rosengard for being selected to receive the Master's Opportunity for Research in Engineering (MORE) Award for Spring 2019. 

December 2018 - Hyunglae serves as an associate editor for ICORR 2019 - IEEE International Conference on Rehabilitation Robotics and a publication chair for Ubiquitous Robots 2019 (UR 2019). 

November 2018 - Congratulations to James Arnold for being selected to receive Featured Student Award at FURI symposium in Fall 2018. 

September 2018 - Hyunglae serves as an associate editor for ICRA 2019 - IEEE International Conference on Robotics and Automation. 

August 2018 - Harrison and James' poster titled "Effects of Fixed and Variable Damping Environments on Ankle Agility and Stability" was selected as one of the Finalists for the Undergraduate Student Poster Competition at the 42nd Annual Meeting of the American Society of Biomechanics (ASB 2018). Congratulation! 

July 2018 - On July 24 and July 27, Hyunglae gives an invited talk with the title "Understanding Human Mechanical Impedance for the Advancement of Robot-Aided Rehabilitation" at the Department of Kinesiology at Seoul National University and at the School of Mechanical Engineering at Chung-Ang University, respectively.  

June 2018 - Hyunglae gives a keynote speech at the 15th International Conference on Ubiquitous Robots (UR 2018) (http://www.ubiquitousrobots.org/2018/keynote.php). Varun's paper "Environment-Dependent Modulation of Human Ankle Stiffness and its Implication for the Design of Lower Extremity Robots" won the Outstanding Paper Award. 

June 2018 - Our paper titled A New Parallel Actuated Architecture for Exoskeleton Applications Involving Multiple Degree-of-Freedom Biological Joints” has been accepted for the publication in ASME Journal of Mechanisms and Robotics

June 2018 - Our paper titled Sex Differences in 2-DOF Human Ankle Stiffness in Relaxed and Contracted Muscles” has been accepted for the publication in Annals of Biomedical Engineering
 
May 2018 - Six abstracts have been accepted for the presentation at the 42nd Annual Meeting of the American Society of Biomechanics (ASB 2018)!! Please see the publication page for details. 

April 2018 - Congratulations to James Arnold and Cory Jernigan for being selected to receive the Fulton Undergraduate Research Initiative (FURI) Award and Subhrajyoti Chaudhuri for being selected to receive the Master's Opportunity for Research in Engineering (MORE) Award for Fall 2018. 

April 2018 - On April 12 (Thu.), we open our doors to the public during National Robotics Week (http://www.nationalroboticsweek.org/Events?s=AZ). We will showcase our physically interactive robots, and Hyunglae will give a talk about research activities in our lab.

April 2018 - Our paper titled "Environment-dependent modulation of human ankle stiffness and its implication for the design of lower extremity robots" has been accepted for the presentation at Ubiquitous Robots 2018 (UR 2018) that will take place in Hawaii in June 2018. 

March 2018 - Our paper titled “Walking Speed Influences the Effects of Implicit Visual Feedback Distortion on Modulation of Gait Symmetry” by Gabrielle Maestas et al.,  has been published for the publication in Frontiers in Human Neuroscience

January 2018 - Our paper titled “Optimizing Stiffness of a Novel Parallel-Actuated Robotic Shoulder Exoskeleton for a Desired Task or Workspace” has been accepted for the presentation at IEEE International Conference on Robotics and Automation (ICRA 2018) that will take place in Australia in May 2018. 

January 2018 - Congratulations to Andy Cook, Kishen Mahadevan, and Tanner Bitz for being selected to receive the Master's Opportunity for Research in Engineering (MORE) Award for Spring 2018. 

January 2018  - ASU Southwest Robotics Symposium (https://swrobotics.engineering.asu.edu/agenda/) will be held at ASU Memorial Union on January 25-26. Hyunglae serves as a committee co-chair. 

December 2017 - Hyunglae serves as a publication chair for Ubiquitous Robots 2018 (http://www.ubiquitousrobots.org/2018/index.php), which will be held in Hawaii from June 27 to June 30, 2018.  

November 2017 - Congratulations to James Arnold and Azza Amer for being selected to receive the Fulton Undergraduate Research Initiative (FURI) Award for Spring 2018. 

November 2017 - Hyunglae serves as an associate editor for BioRob 2018 - IEEE RAS/EMBS International Conference on Biomedical Robotics and Biomechatronics. 

October 2017 - Three abstracts are presented at the 2017 BMES Annual Meeting in Phoenix. 

August 2017 - Congratulations to Harrison Hanzlick for winning ASU/NASA Space Grant! 

August 2017Congratulations to Dhruv Patel for being selected to receive the Fulton Undergraduate Research Initiative (FURI) Award for Fall 2017. 

July 2017 - Hyunglae gives an invited talk at Pohang University of Science and Technology (Postech) in Pohang, South Korea. 

July 2017 - Three abstracts have been accepted for the presentation at the 2017 BMES Annual Meeting in Phoenix (October 11-14).

May 2017 - Hyunglae serves as an associate editor for DSCC 2017 - ASME Dynamic Systems and Control Conference. 

April 2017 - Two papers have been accepted for the presentation at the 39th International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society (EMBC 2017) that will take place in South Korea in July 2017. 

March 2017 - Hyunglae serves as an associate editor for ICORR 2017 - IEEE International Conference on Rehabilitation Robotics. 

February 2017 - On Feb 25 (Sat), we open our doors during ASU Night of the Open Door. We will showcase our physically interactive robots! (https://opendoor.asu.edu/tempe/robotics-human-movement-science)

February 2017 - Hyunglae gives an invited talk at ASU 5th Rehabilitation Robotics Workshop with a title "Development of a novel multi-axis robotic platform for the characterization of ankle neuromechanics"He also gives an invited talk at Vietnam Education Foundation Conference with a title "Understanding human motor control for the advancement of human-interactive robots." 

January 2017 - Two papers have been accepted for the presentation at IEEE International Conference on Robotics and Automation (ICRA 2017) that will take place in Singapore in May 2017. 

December 2016 - Our workshop proposal at IEEE International Conference on Robotics and Automation (ICRA 2017), "Workshop on the Mechanics of Human Locomotion and the Development of Wearable Robotic Systems" has been accepted. This workshop is organized by Elliott Rouse (Northwestern Univ./RIC), Hyunglae Lee (ASU), Heike Vallery (TU Delft), and Panagiotis Artemiadis (ASU). Please check the following link for details: http://icra2017.smpp.northwestern.edu/ 

December 2016 - ASU 5th Rehabilitation Robotics Workshop (http://events.engineering.asu.edu/rehabrobotics/agenda/) will be held at ASU Memorial Union on February 6-7. Hyunglae serves as a committee co-chair.

November 2016 - Congratulations to Andy Cook, Harrison Hanzlick, and Rylie Lodes for being selected to receive the Fulton Undergraduate Research Initiative (FURI) Award for Spring 2017. 

October 2016 - Two papers are presented at ASME Dynamic Systems and Control Conference (DSCC 2016) in Minneapolis (Oct 12-14). 

October 2016 - Our work in collaboration with Dr. Kim at CBU will be presented at 2016 BMES Annual Meeting in Minneapolis (Oct 5-8). The title of presentation is "The effect of visual distortion on human gait parameters." 

September 2016 - The paper titled "A novel shoulder exoskeleton robot using parallel actuation and a passive slip interface" has been accepted for the publication in ASME Journal of Mechanisms and Robotics

August 2016 - The paper titled "Summary of human ankle mechanical impedance during walking" has been accepted for the publication in IEEE Journal of Translational Engineering in Health and Medicine

June 2016 - Two papers have been accepted for the presentation at ASME Dynamic Systems and Control Conference (DSCC 2016) that will take place in Minneapolis, USA, from 12 to 14 October, 2016. 

May 2016 - Hyunglae attends ICRA 2016 in Stockholm, Sweden to present his work entitled "Essential considerations for design and control of human-interactive robots." Please check the following link for presentation schedule: https://ras.papercept.net/conferences/conferences/ICRA16/program/ICRA16_ContentListWeb_3.html.

May 2016 - Jiyao Hu (MSE student in BME) and Jessica Trevino (MSE student in BMEhave joined our group. Welcome! 

April 2016 - On April 29, Gabrielle will present her research entitled "The effect of visual distortion on human gait parameters" at the 22nd Annual ASU SBHSE Symposium. 

April 2016 - On April 8, we have an open laboratory as a part of National Robotics Week event at ASU. 

April 2016 - Congratulations to Andy Cook, Harrison Hanzlick, Hunter Murphy, and Robel Yoseph for being selected to receive the Fulton Undergraduate Research Initiative (FURI) Award. 

March 2016 - Hyunglae serves as an associate editor for BioRob 2016 - IEEE RAS/EMBS International Conference on Biomedical Robotics and Biomechatronics. 

March 2016 - The paper titled "Energetic Passivity of the Human Ankle" has been accepted for the publication in IEEE Transaction on Neural Systems and Rehabilitation Engineering

March 2016 - Hunter Murphy (BSE student in ME) has joined our group. Welcome! 

February 2016 - ASU 4th Rehabilitation Robotics Workshop (http://events.engineering.asu.edu/rehabrobotics/agenda/) is held at ASU Memorial Union on February 8-9, followed by WearRACon Workshop (http://www.wearablerobotics.com/program/) in Phoenix on Feb 10-12. Hyunglae serves as a committee co-chair for ASU Rehabilitation Robotics Workshop and gives a brief talk with the title "Introduction to the Neuromuscular Control and Human Robotics Laboratory". Justin presents his research titled "Development of a Novel Parallel Manipulator Using Modular Motion Coupling and its Implementation in an Exoskeleton Shoulder Device" in both workshops.

January 2016 - Hyunglae gives a talk at Barrow Neurological Institute (BNI) with the title "Quantitative Characterization of Human Mechanical Impedance".

January 2016 - The paper titled "Essential Considerations for Design and Control of Interactive Robots" has been accepted for the presentation at the IEEE International Conference on Robotics and Automation (ICRA 2016).

December 2015 - Justin Hunt (PhD student in ME) and Pranathi Chunduru (MSE student in BME) have joined our group. Welcome!

November 2015 - Gabrielle Maestas (MSE student in BME), Harrison Hanzlick (BSE student in ME), and Andrew Cook (BSE student in ME) have joined our group. Welcome!                          

November 2015 - Please check the agenda for 4th ASU Rehabilitation Robotics Workshop in the following link:               
                             http://events.engineering.asu.edu/rehabrobotics/

October 2015 - Hyunglae attends Neuroscience 2015 in Chicago to present his work entitled "Influence of task complexit on brainstem contributions to motor execution after stroke."

September 2015 - Welcome to Tejas Patil (MSE student in ME) and Robel Yoseph (BSE student in ME), who have joined our group.

September 2015 - Hyunglae serves as an associate editor for ICRA 2016 - IEEE International Conference on Robotics and Automation.

August 2015 - Welcome to Varun Nalam, who has joined the group as a PhD student in Mechanical Engineering.

August 2015 - Hyunglae gives invited talks at Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology (KAIST), Korea Institute of Science and Technology (KIST), and Kookmin University in Seoul, South Korea.

August 2015 - A website of the Neuromuscular Control and Human Robotics Laboratory opened!

                                                                                      
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