Robotic Neurorehabilitation Lab | Fondazione Santa Lucia
Laboratorio di Ricerca di Neuroriabilitazione Robotica

Robotic Neurorehabilitation Lab

Areas of Investigation 

The Laboratory of Robotic Neurorehabilitation studies human motor control mechanisms with the aim to design new technologies to support neurehabilitation programs, particularly for spinal cord injury and stroke patients. Research activities focus on lower limb robotic systems and passive aids, used both forrehabilitation and assistance. In addition, the analysis of usability and acceptability, as well as the embodiment of robotic aids is addressed. Moreover, man-machine interfaces and the study of balance and posture in patients with ataxia as well as the study of CPGs through surface electromyography are part of the research activities of the Lab.

Research methodologies include the analysis of motion kinematic and kinetics, the biomechanics of walking and the analysis of surface electromyographic signals. Our research also aims to evaluate the psychological aspects related to human-machine interaction and to assess functional aspects through clinical scales. Further research includes the development of rehabilitation systems based on biofeedback: the monitoring of vital functions is based on visual and electromyographic signals.

The research activity is carried out in synergy with the Neurorehabilitation 1 Department at the Santa Lucia Hospital and the ReWalk Training Center to train people with spinal cord injury in using an assistie exoskeleton.

Collaborations 
  • Agencia Estatal Consejo Superior de Investigationes Cientificas (CSIC), Madrid (Spain)
  • Campus Bio-Medico University of Rome
  • École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL), Lausanne (Switzerland)
  • Imperial College of Science, Technology and Medicine, London (United Kingdom)
  • Sant'Anna School of University Studies and Specialization, Pisa (Italy)
  • Sapienza – University of Rome
  • Technische Universiteit Delft (Netherlands)
  • Universiteit Twente (Netherlands)
  • University Medical Center Göttingen (Germany)
  • University of Aalborg (Denmark)
  • Vrije Universiteit Brussel (Belgium)
Ongoing Research Projects 
Completed Research Projects 

Laboratory of Robotic Neurorehabilitation

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