Assistive Robotics Laboratory

The Assistive Robotics Laboratory (ARLab) is focused on creating systems that help people.  Our goal is to help people to regain capabilities they have lost, or enable people to perform feats that were not previously possible.  We do this through wearable and standalone robots and sensor systems that can assist or measure human motion.  Our systems are designed for people who are disabled, require rehabilitation, or are in good physical condition.

Our research interests include:

  • designing human interfaces for mechanical and electrical systems,

  • developing novel, high-efficiency actuators and transmissions,

  • understanding human biomechanics and the body’s internal control strategy, and

  • creating sensors and control systems so that assistive devices can work with the body.

For more information, see http://www.me.vt.edu/arlab/
 

Faculty

Alan Asbeck
 

Research Topics

Wearable robotics; human-robot interaction; mechanisms; human sensing systems; intent prediction; haptic feedback and biofeedback; biomechanics; biologically inspired robotics.

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