Assistive & Rehabilitation Robotics Lab - Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago

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Assistive & Rehabilitation Robotics Lab

A2-R2 Lab

"The assistive & rehabiltation robotics lab (argallab) incorporates robotics autonomy and intelligence into assistive machines in order to address the paradox that often the more severe a person's motor impairment, the more challenging it is for them to operate the very assistive machines which might enhance their quality of life. The incorporation of autonomy turns the machine into a kind of robot, and offloads some of the control burden from the user to the machine. Robots already synthetically sense, act in and reason about the world, and these technologies can be leveraged to help bridge the gap left by sensory, motor or cognitive impairments in the users of assistive machines.

The research of our lab lies at the intersection of artificial intelligence, rehabilitation robotics and machine learning.  A distinguishing theme present within many of our projects is that the machine automation is customizable---to a user's physical abilities, personal preferences or even financial means. A fundamental question that arises time and again throughout many of our projects is how exactly to share control between the robot and the human user. We are working with a range of hardware platforms, from a smart wheelchair to a 6-DoF assistive robotic arm.

By easing the control burden of assistive machines, our lab strives to advance human ability through robotics autonomy."

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