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Nearly $50 million in research funding awarded by NSF
Date:9/17/2012

an Campus (Andrew Fagg)

This research is developing effective robotic assistance tools to teach infants with or at risk of developing cerebral palsy how to walk and move, mitigating future deficits in cognitive development, that are considered neural side effects of this disease. This project will develop and test a sequence of robotic assistants that promote early crawling, creeping, and walking, along with a model of infant-robot interaction that encourages the continued practice of movement patterns that will ultimately lead to unassisted locomotion. The robotic assistants to be developed in this project will aid the infant in developing locomotory skills by selectively supporting a portion of his/her weight and providing artificial, rewarding locomotory experiences.

Robot Movement for Patient Improvement - Therapeutic Rehabilitation for Children with Disabilities
Georgia Tech Research Corporation (Ayanna Howard)

This research is focused on developing state-of-the-art techniques to facilitate the interaction necessary for robots to be useful for therapeutic rehabilitation with respect to children. Based on the logic that animate playthings naturally engage children, the goal of this project is to fuse play and rehabilitation techniques using a robotic design to induce child-robot interaction that will be entertaining as well as effective for pediatric rehabilitation. Of importance within this proposed work are approaches that allow therapists to provide instruction to robots on rehabilitation tasks that can be remapped to play behaviors specific to an individual child. In addition, robots must have internal perception and inference algorithms that allow them to learn new play behaviors and incorporate them to evoke corresponding behaviors in the child.

Robotic Treadmill Therapy for Lower Spinal Cord Injuries
University of Utah (John Hollerbach)

This project is developing new rehabilitation therapies for p
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Contact: Lisa-Joy Zgorski
lisajoy@nsf.gov
703-292-8311
National Science Foundation
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