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Technologies to Evaluate and Advance Manipulation and Mobility

Rehabilitation Engineering Research Center

Technologies to Evaluate and Advance Manipulation and Mobility (TEAMM) is a new engineering research center based at the Center for Bionic Medicine within the Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago, with collaborators at the University of New Brunswick, Northwestern University, and the University of Notre Dame. TEAMM focuses on enhancing manipulation (holding and grasping objects) and mobility for individuals with disabilities.

Disabilities that limit mobility and manipulation affect people of all ages, severely impacting independence, employment, leisure activities, and social interactions. Our goal is to provide the right tools and technologies to enable these individuals to effectively participate in society.

Building technology that is useful and effective requires clinical knowledge and first-hand understanding of issues faced by individuals with disabilities, in addition to research and technological expertise. In short, successful rehabilitation engineering requires a well-integrated team of clinicians and researchers working closely with the people who will use the technology.

Click on the pictures below to explore our six research and development projects in more detail.

Evaluation of a novel body-powered prehensorEvaluation of a novel body-powered prehensor

Robotic exoskeletons as a therapy tool for stroke patientsRobotic exoskeletons as a therapy tool for stroke patients

Mobile phone app that monitors recovery in stroke patientsMobile phone app that monitors recovery in stroke patients

Pattern recognition-based myoelectric control of partial-hand prostheses

Development of a manual stand-up wheelchairDevelopment of a manual stand-up wheelchair

Lightweight powered lower-limb prosthesesLightweight powered lower-limb prostheses

This research is supported by the U.S. Department of Education, National Institute on Disability and Rehabilitation Research, grant number H133E130020.