We seek to advance a new class of wearable robotic systems, including biomimetic leg prostheses, orthoses, and exoskeletons. These wearable systems comprise architectures that resemble the body’s own musculoskeletal design, actuator technologies that behave like muscle, and control methodologies that exploit principles of biological movement. We aim to design prostheses and orthoses that improve the lives of people who have suffered a leg pathology resulting from amputation, stroke, spinal cord lesion, post-polio syndrome, cerebral palsy, or multiple sclerosis. Additionally, we aim to develop exoskeletons designed to augment human strength and endurance, including limb amplifiers for climbing, walking, and running.
What We're Looking For:
Students interested in developing neuromechanical models of biological movement, and in applying such models to the advancement of biomimetic leg prostheses, orthotics, and exoskeletons.
Candidates with training in one or more of the following areas: biomechanics, neuroscience, neurotechnology, linear and nonlinear control theory, or electromechanical design.