The Neuromuscular Rehabilitation Engineering Laboratory (NREL) investigates the control mechanism of neuromuscular system in normal and neurologically disordered persons, develops advanced neural-machine interfacing technologies, and applies these techniques to neural control of prosthetics, orthotics, computers, and other assistive devices. Our research goal is to improve the quality of life of persons with physical disabilities.
NREL is directed by Dr. He (Helen) Huang in the UNC/NCSU Joint Department of Biomedical Engineering and is based at the Centennial Campus of NC State University.
Our research projects include
(1) Neural control of powered prosthetic legs
(2) Understanding and analyzing user-prosthesis interaction for designing a volitional controller for powered lower limb prostheses
(3) Enabling active stumble recovery in lower limb amputees
(4) Afferent stimulation for improved walking stability of leg amputees
(5) Building the foundation of clinical practice of EMG pattern recognition for prosthetic arm control