MARS-RERC Projects - Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago

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James L Patton, Ph.D.

Director, MARS-RERC





David Reinkensmeyer, Ph.D.

Director, MARS-RERC


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, Delft University of Technology in the Netherlands and UAB | The University of Alabama at Birmingham 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:

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


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)

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


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

Community-ready upper extremity interactive rehabilitation


James Patton, PhD, PI, NU and RIC

Robert Kenyon, PhD, Co-PI,  UIC EVL 

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


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

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

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


Ferdinando Mussa-Ivaldi, PI, RIC and NU

Camilla Pierella

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.


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

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

Richard Harvey, MD, RIC, Co-I

Wearable robotics for fall prevention


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

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

Application of avatar systems


Robert Kenyon, PhD, Co-PI,  UIC EVL

Jason Leigh, PhD

This research is supported by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services information:

HHS Grant Award Number: 90RE5010-01-01
HHS CFDA Number: 93.433