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The long term goal of our laboratory is to restore walking and standing functions in persons with the sensory and motor deficits by using an active orthosis and a functional electrical stimulation (FES) device. Primarily, our focus is to design robust and optimal control methods that sustain walking and standing function for longer time duration. Currently, longer walking duration is not feasible due to the muscle fatigue associated with FES. Other than the invasive methods which recruit limb muscles more selectively and naturally, the walking duration can also be increased by: 1) using an active orthosis working in conjunction with a non-invasive FES device and 2) using an optimized control algorithm which is metabolically efficient and minimizes muscle fatigue associated with FES.

Research Highlights



motionSleeve was selected for PInCh  Award .

Congrats! to Frank for his paper in IEEE CDC 2018

Dr. Sharma promoted to Associate professor

Dr. Sharma wins NSF CAREER Award

Recent Publications

Alibeji et al. (2018) A Control Scheme that uses Dynamic Postural Synergies to Coordinate a Hybrid Walking Neuroprosthesis: Theory and ExperimentsFrontiers in Neuroscience.

Kirsch et al. (2018) Model-based Dynamic Control Allocation in a Hybrid Neuroprosthesis. IEEE Transactions on Neural Systems and Rehabilitation Engineering.