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Contact MARS-RERC

Scientific Questions / Comments:

James L Patton, Ph.D.

Director, MARS-RERC

312-238-1277

jpatton@ric.org

 

and

 

David Reinkensmeyer, Ph.D.

Director, MARS-RERC

949-824-5218

dreinken@uci.edu

MARS Projects

RIC, together with its international partners at the University of Illinois at Chicago, the University of California at Irvine, Northwestern University, The Illinois Institute of Technology, and Delft University of Technology in the Netherlands, will design and implement a program of research and development, centered on the use of robots for restoration of function and return to society. There will be seven projects:

Project R1:

Robotic activity mobility center in a fitness center for people with neurologic disability

Investigators:

David A. Brown, PT, PhD, PI, University of Alabama at Birmingham

James Rimmer, PhD, subcontract PI, Lakeshore Foundation

Julio Santos, MSME, subcontract PI (HDT Robotics)

Project R2:

A multi-user virtual training environment for upper extremity therapy in the home

Investigators:

Derek Kamper, PhD, UIC, Co-PI;

Daria Tsoupikova, M.F.A., UIC, Co-PI;

Nikolay Stoykov, PhD, RIC, Co-I

Randy Vick, ATR-BC, SAIC, Co-I

Heidi Fischer, MS, OTR/L, RIC, Research Therapist 

Project R3:

Community-ready upper extremity interactive rehabilitation

Investigators:

James Patton, PhD, PI, NU and RIC

Robert Kenyon, PhD, Co-PI,  UIC EVL 

Project D1:

Development of expertise in use of exoskeletons for walking in individuals with spinal cord injury

study is to develop clinical evaluation and training strategies to enable individuals with paraplegia to ambulate independently at home and in the community using exoskeletons

Investigators:

Arun Jayaraman, PT, PhD, PI, RIC and NU

William Zev Rymer, MD, PhD, Co-PI, RIC and NU

Project D2:

A body-machine interface for promoting motor recovery while controlling assistive devices

Investigators:

Ferdinando Mussa-Ivaldi, PI, RIC and NU

Project D3:

Wheelchair-based, robotic, upper extremity exercise and power-assisted propulsion

Many individuals with severe upper extremity impairment also have lower extremity impairment that necessitates use of a wheelchair for ambulation. Hand and arm weakness and incoordination, however, severely hamper use of a manual wheelchair. This project will address this problem by developing a robotic, power-assist lever drive for a manual wheelchair that people with severe upper extremity impairment can use to both exercise and ambulate.

Investigators:

David J. Reinkensmeyer, PhD, PI, U.C. Irvine

Dan Zondervan, M.S., Co-I, U.C. Irvine

Meghan Buell, O.T.R., RIC, Co-I

Richard Harvey, MD, RIC, Co-I

Project D4:

Wearable robotics for fall prevention

Investigators:

Dr.-Ing. Heike. Vallery, PI, TU Delft, NL and Khalifa University, UAE

Hans Arendzen, MD, Co-Pi, ILeiden University Medical Center, NL

Application of avatar systems

Investigators:

Robert Kenyon, PhD, Co-PI,  UIC EVL

Jason Leigh, PhD