Robotic applications in neuromotor rehabilitation

H. I. Krebs, B. T. Volpe, M. L. Aisen, W. Hening, S. Adamovich, H. Poizner, K. Subrahmanyan, N. Hogan

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Robot-aids or Rehabilitators are our chosen neologism to name a new class of robotic devices that represent a substantially departure from prior applications of robotics in rehabilitation. Rather than use robotics as an assistive technology for a disabled individual, we envision robots and computers as supporting and enhancing the productivity of clinicians in their efforts to facilitate a disabled individual's recovery. In this paper, we attempt a brief overview of our work in what promises to be a ground breaking field. We discuss the concept of robot-aided neuro-rehabilitation as a means to deliver therapy, measure patient performance, and also as a design tool. To illustrate the broad spectrum of neurological diseases that this technology might impact, we will illustrate each case with a different pathology, namely cerebral vascular accident (CVA - also known as stroke), Parkinson's disease (PD), and cerebral palsy (CP).

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)3-11
Number of pages9
Issue number1
StatePublished - Jan 2003
Externally publishedYes

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Software
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Control and Optimization
  • Artificial Intelligence
  • Rehabilitation
  • Control and Systems Engineering
  • Computer Vision and Pattern Recognition
  • Computer Science Applications
  • Computational Mechanics
  • General Mathematics
  • Modeling and Simulation


  • Disabled patients
  • Neuromotor rehabilitation
  • Robot-aids


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