Current Research Projects

Rehabilitation Engineering Research Center (RERC) on Technologies for Children with Orthopaedic Disabilities: R4

Aim

To investigate advanced mobility modeling to improve function and longer term transitional care of children with severe orthopedic disabilities.

Collaborators

Marquette University, Shriners Hospitals for Children-Chicago and the Medical College of Wisconsin

Funding

U.S. Department of Education, National Institute on Disability and Rehabilitation Research (NIDRR)


IntelliWheels: The Automatic Transmission for Manually Propelled Wheelchairs

Aim

To develop a multi-speed geared wheel system for manual wheelchair users. This system will enhance function while reducing joint forces and moments through a multi-gearing mechanism.

Collaborators

IntelliWheels, Inc., TiLite, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Milwaukee VA Medical Center (VAMC)

Funding

National Institutes of Health (NIH) Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health & Human Development


Development of a Clinical Toolkit for Real-time Visualization of Lower Limb Amputee Gait

Aim

To develop a clinical toolkit that integrates and visually represents real-time three-dimensional (3-D) animations and biomechanical metrics for prosthetists to better visually quantify and assess amputee gait. This work is the first of its kind that will utilize quantitative rehabilitation methodology for clinical care.

Collaborators

Eastern Michigan University and Kempfer Prosthetics Orthotics, Inc.

Funding

UWM CHS Stimulus Program to Accelerate Research Clusters (SPARC)


Soft Pneumatic Actuator for Arm Orthosis

Aims

  1. Develop novel high-force, energy storing, miniature soft pneumatic actuators,
  2. directly integrate them as the structure for soft robotic upper extremity orthoses for pediatric patients who use walkers or crutches.

Collaborators

University of Illinois at Champaign-Urbana

Funding

National Science Foundation (NSF) Center for Compact & Efficient Fluid Power


Interdisciplinary Rehabilitation Engineering Career Development Program (IREK12) in Movement and Rehabilitation Sciences

Program Mission

To recruit and train scholars with engineering and other quantitative backgrounds to become successful rehabilitation scientists in basic, translational and/or clinical research.

Aim

To develop OpenSim/Simm based simulations using musculoskeletal modeling to investigate shoulder dynamics and upper extremity muscle force demands during pediatric wheelchair mobility.

Collaborators

Northwestern University and Stanford University

Funding

Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute Of Child Health & Human Development (NICHD) of the NIH.


Muscle Recruitment after Rotator Cuff Repair in Activities of Daily Living & Rehabilitation

Collaborators

Marquette University

Funding

Medical College of Wisconsin (MCW), Seed Grant


Biomechanical Assessment of Gait Symmetry in Trans-Tibial Amputees

Aim

To assess the biomechanical effects of changes in alignment of the artificial limb of trans-tibial amputees on the walking pattern, particularly when physical exertion
levels increase.

Collaborators

University of Pittsburgh


A Comparison of Joint Dynamics, Energetics, & Muscle Activations during Geared & Standard Manual Wheelchair Usage

Aim

To evaluate upper extremity kinematics, muscle activity (EMG) and energy
expenditure during geared and standard manual propulsion.

Funding

CHS Student Research Grant Award


Inverse Kinematics and Static Optimization during Wheelchair Propulsion in Children with Spinal Cord Injury

Aim

To utilize upper extremity musculoskeletal modeling and simulation methods to quantify in vivo 3-D joint kinematic, kinetics and muscle level effects in pediatric manual wheelchair users with SCI.

Funding

CHS Student Research Grant Award


An EEG Triggered Robotic Stroke Rehabilitation Device

Aim

To develop a neurological feedback device, which integrates EEG-BCI with an ArmeoSpring arm exoskeleton to evaluate the efficacy of neurologically controlled robotic stroke therapy. The result will be a unique platform to allow a stroke patient to directly control the activation of their rehabilitation therapy.

Collaborators

UW-Madison Funding: UW-Madison/UW-Milwaukee Intercampus Research Incentive Grants