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

Consensus-Based Distributed Estimation in the Presence of Heterogeneous, Time-Invariant Delays

Mohammadreza Doostmohammadian, Usman A. Khan, Mohammad Pirani, Themistoklis Charalambous 2022 IEEE Control Systems Letters

Synergistic Parameters of Motor Adaptation in Variable Resistance Cycling Activities

A. M. Pertusa, I. Vujaklija, R. M. Sánchez-Pérez, E. Iáñez, A. Costa, A. Úbeda 2022 Converging Clinical and Engineering Research on Neurorehabilitation IV

Effects of Decomposition Parameters and Estimator Type on Pseudo-online Motor Unit Based Wrist Joint Angle Prediction

Dennis Yeung, Francesco Negro, I. Vujaklija 2022 Converging Clinical and Engineering Research on Neurorehabilitation IV

A Priority-Based Distributed Channel Access Mechanism for Control over CAN-like Networks

Shengquan Wang, Tahmoores Farjam, Themistoklis Charalambous 2022 2021 European Control Conference, ECC 2021

Editorial

Andrés Úbeda, Alvaro Costa-Garcia, Diego Torricelli, Ivan Vujaklija, Alessandro Del Vecchio 2022 Frontiers in Neurorobotics

Co-adaptive control of bionic limbs via unsupervised adaptation of muscle synergies

Dennis Yeung, Irene Mendez Guerra, Ian Barner-Rasmussen, Emilia Siponen, Dario Farina, Ivan Vujaklija 2022 IEEE Transactions on Biomedical Engineering

Highly Intuitive 3-DOF Simultaneous and Proportional Myocontrol of Wrist and Hand

Markus Nowak, I. Vujaklija, Claudio Castellini, Dario Farina 2022 Converging Clinical and Engineering Research on Neurorehabilitation IV

Far-field electric potentials provide access to the output from the spinal cord from wrist-mounted sensors

Irene Mendez Guerra, Deren Y. Barsakcioglu, Ivan Vujaklija, Daniel Z. Wetmore, Dario Farina 2022 JOURNAL OF NEURAL ENGINEERING

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

Shui Kan Lam, Ivan Vujaklija 2022 Converging Clinical and Engineering Research on Neurorehabilitation IV

Observer-based Control for Vehicle Platooning with a Leader of Varying Velocity

Wei Jiang, Elham Abolfazli, Themistoklis Charalambous 2022 2021 European Control Conference (ECC)
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