Department of Electrical Engineering and Automation

Bionic and Rehabilitation Engineering

Bionic and Rehabilitation Engineering (BaRE) research group investigates engineering techniques for human-machine interfacing in order to support, augment and rehabilitate human motor function. Through advancements in basic physiology, motor control, and biomechanics, we tailor novel biosensing and control approaches, as well as design methodologies in order to push the boundaries of current state-of-the-art bionic limbs, exoskeletons and rehabilitation robots.
Human hand, robot hand

Bionic and Rehabilitation Engineering (BaRE) research group investigates engineering techniques for human-machine interfacing in order to support, augment and rehabilitate human motor function. Through advancements in basic physiology, motor control, and biomechanics, we tailor novel biosensing and control approaches, as well as design methodologies in order to push the boundaries of current state-of-the-art bionic limbs, exoskeletons and rehabilitation robots.

BaRE Research Group is located at the Aalto Health Technology House in Otakaari 3. In this unique environment, the group strives to combine the basic principles of human neuromuscular physiology with modern day technology in order to address some of the major questions in the areas of bionics and rehabilitation. BaRE is strongly committed to translational activities through which it ensures that the conducted research has a direct impact in the clinical and real-world environment.

IBA-setup

Bionic limbs, as a mean of functional restoration of the missing human function as well as human augmentation, are one of our main investigation topics. Through physiologically inspired interfacing links, we are aiming at providing natural and dexterous control of prosthetic systems. Moreover, we are interested in restoring the missing sensory components in order to “close the control loop” and provide an enhanced user experience. Finally, BaRE is focused on the user-centered design and therefore we are investigating the characteristics of clinical and daily application of bionic systems in order to understand and better quantify the performance of the developed solutions.

VR-setup

Wearable robots and robotic rehabilitation is a field in which we are striving to provide state-of-the-art technological solutions in order to deliver tailored therapies and assistance to those in need. Through intimate human-robot interfaces, we are looking to establish a collaborative and stimulating environment that can not only provide the required support, but also deliver highly engaging therapies at home or in clinics. While studying the interaction of the man and the machine at both biomechanical and neural levels, we are aiming to understand how body reacts to the applied technologies. Accordingly, we are looking to devise the best solutions that promote the ultimate synergy between the two.

Bionic and Rehabilitation Engineering research group is led by prof. Ivan Vujaklija ([email protected])

Group members

Latest publications

Distributed Detection and Mitigation of Biasing Attacks over Multi-Agent Networks

Mohammadreza Doostmohammadian, Houman Zarrabi, Hamid R. Rabiee, Usman A. Khan, Themistoklis Charalambous 2021 IEEE Transactions on Network Science and Engineering

Toward higher-performance bionic limbs for wider clinical use

Dario Farina, Ivan Vujaklija, Rickard Brånemark, Anthony M.J. Bull, Hans Dietl, Bernhard Graimann, Levi J. Hargrove, Klaus Peter Hoffmann, He (Helen) Huang, Thorvaldur Ingvarsson, Hilmar Bragi Janusson, Kristleifur Kristjánsson, Todd Kuiken, Silvestro Micera, Thomas Stieglitz, Agnes Sturma, Dustin Tyler, Richard F.ff Weir, Oskar C. Aszmann 2021 Nature Biomedical Engineering

Editorial: Somatosensory Integration in Human Movement: Perspectives for Neuromechanics, Modelling and Rehabilitation

Leonardo Gizzi, Ivan Vujaklija, Massimo Sartori, Oliver Röhrle, Giacomo Severini 2021 FRONTIERS IN BIOENGINEERING AND BIOTECHNOLOGY

Somatosensory Integration in Human Movement: Perspectives for Neuromechanics, Modelling and Rehabilitation

Leonardo Gizzi, Ivan Vujaklija, Massimo Sartori, Oliver Röhrle, Giacomo Severini 2021 FRONTIERS IN BIOENGINEERING AND BIOTECHNOLOGY

Prosthetic Embodiment and Body Image Changes in Patients Undergoing Bionic Reconstruction Following Brachial Plexus Injury

Agnes Sturma, Laura A. Hruby, Anna Boesendorfer, Anna Pittermann, Stefan Salminger, Clemens Gstoettner, Olga Politikou, Ivan Vujaklija, Dario Farina, Oskar C. Aszmann 2021 Frontiers in Neurorobotics

Estimation of Ground Reaction Forces from Lower Limb Joint Kinematics during Walking

Shui Kan Lam, Ivan Vujaklija 2020 Proceedings of the 5th International Conference on NeuroRehabilitation, ICNR2020

Toward Universal Neural Interfaces for Daily Use

Martyna Stachaczyk, S. Farokh Atashzar, Sigrid Dupan, Ivan Vujaklija, Dario Farina 2020 IEEE Access

Online Finger Control Using High-Density EMG and Minimal Training Data for Robotic Applications

Michele Barsotti, Sigrid Dupan, Ivan Vujaklija, Strahinja Dosen, Antonio Frisoli, Dario Farina 2019 IEEE Robotics and Automation Letters

Predicting wrist kinematics from motor unit discharge timings for the control of active prostheses

Tamás Kapelner, Ivan Vujaklija, Ning Jiang, Francesco Negro, Oskar C. Aszmann, Jose Principe, Dario Farina 2019 Journal of NeuroEngineering and Rehabilitation
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