Stroke often involves considerable sensorimotor impairments with complex pathological changes:
impairments involve multiple muscle groups, multiple joints, and thus many variables are
involved. These impairments negatively affect mobility and manipulation in a large population of
patients. Due to this complexity, it is infeasible to assess complicated impairment accurately
through current clinical examinations. Furthermore, the vast majority of therapies focus on inclinic
one-on-one treatments with therapists, and there is a need for combining technology-enabled
home therapies and accurate impairment assessments to augment clinic-based treatment.
The Mission of this RERC is to champion innovative technologies/approaches for assessmentbased
rehabilitation with combined hospital-home rehabilitation that will improve therapeutic
outcomes among individuals with neurologic disorders and older adults with disabilities. This
RERC will develop and test devices and techniques that will increase the volume and effectiveness
of impairment-specific therapies.
Many rehabilitation technologies including rehabilitation robots have been developed and
applied to rehabilitation successfully. However, there is a lack of combined accurate assessment
and treatment protocols and devices that evaluate and treat specific impairments. The RERC
objectives are to assess closely related impairments post-stroke or associated with older adults
with high fall risks, including sensorimotor impairments across multi-joints, impaired balance and
gait post-stroke and reduced balance and increased risk of falls associated with aging.
The outcomes will be accurate assessments of mobility and manipulation impairments and
improvements following combined hospital and home rehabilitation, ranging from muscles to
joint, from single to multiple joints, from hand to arm, and from balance control to stepping. Novel
products will be developed, including assessment tools, wearable rehabilitation robots, multi-joint
arm/hand robots, and sliding-stepping robots.