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How Robotics Are Revolutionizing Rehabilitation

Available on Demand until April 12, 2019

Robots are playing an increasingly important role in healthcare, helping people regain motor skills lost to injury. Examples include therapy robots that help injured patients regain their motor functionality, and stroke rehabilitation, through the application of advances in robotics and neuroscience, that restores movement. This 60-minute Technical Webinar from the editors of Medical Design Briefs looks at the technologies driving these robotic developments as well as some case studies and examples of robotic rehabilitation in action.

An audience Q&A follows the technical presentations. 


Hermano Igo Krebs, Ph.D., Principal Research Scientist/Lecturer, MIT, and IEEE Fellow

Hermano Igo Krebs is a Principal Research Scientist and Lecturer at MIT’s Mechanical Engineering Department and an Adjunct Professor at the University of Maryland School of Medicine, Department of Neurology. He is also an IEEE Fellow, nominated by IEEE-EMBS (Engineering in Medicine & Biology Society) and IEEE-RAS (Robotics and Automation Society) for contributions to rehabilitation robotics and the understanding of neuro-rehabilitation. His work goes beyond stroke and has been extended to cerebral palsy for which he received the 2009 Isabelle and Leonard H. Goldenson Technology and Rehabilitation Award from CPIRF. In 2015, he received the IEEE-INABA Technical Award for Innovation Leading to Production for contributions to medical technology innovation and translation into commercial applications for rehabilitation robotics. He was one of the founders and the chairman of the board of directors of Interactive Motion Technologies from 1998 to 2016. He successfully merged it with Bionik Laboratories, where he served as its Chief Science Officer and as a member of the Board of Directors until 2017.


Sunil Agrawal, Ph.D., Professor of Mechanical Engineering and Rehabilitation/Regenerative Medicine, Columbia University

Sunil Agrawal is Professor of Mechanical Engineering and Rehabilitation/Regenerative Medicine at Columbia University. He has developed a highly visible interdisciplinary program in rehabilitation robotics involving faculty from the School of Engineering and Applied Sciences and the College of Physicians and Surgeons at Columbia University. Through a range of pilot and clinical studies involving human subjects, Sunil has showed that novel training robots can help humans relearn, restore, or improve functional movements. He is a fellow of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME) and the American Institute of Medical and Biological Engineering (AIMBE). He is an author of 450 research articles, three books, and 13 patents. His research areas include robotics, dynamics, control, and human motor learning. 


Lisa Arrigo, Tech Briefs Media Group

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