Lockheed Martin Robotics Seminar: Anindo Roy, "Robotic Gait Therapy"

Friday, April 21, 2017
2:00 p.m.
2216 JM Patterson
Ania Picard
301 405 4358

Lockheed Martin Robotics Seminar

Robotic Gait Therapy: Are We Finally Getting It Right?

Anindo Roy
Associate Professor
University of MD Medical School, Neurology
Director, Robotics Technology Core, VA RR&D Maryland Exercise and Robotics Center of Excellence (MERCE)
Maryland Robotics Center Faculty Member

Derek Paley 

Stroke remains the leading cause for disability in aging. Despite conventional physical therapy, about half of stroke survivors are left with residual gait and balance deficits that impair function, and have limited long-term treatment options. Current neuro-rehabilitation care consists of a time-limited course of one-on-one physical therapy targeting gait and balance, followed by American Stroke Association (ASA) guidelines for best care activity. There is limited evidence that this approach changes the course of recovery for long-term outcomes in the chronic phase. Robotic therapy has emerged as a proven approach to enhance upper extremity stroke recovery, thus entering national guidelines for mediating arm recovery for chronic stroke. Lower limb robotics designed for gait therapy has had limited success and has, up to now, been considered detrimental compared to physical therapy. In this talk, I will describe recent advances in modular impedance-controlled ankle robotics to guide and shape walking recovery in an effort to positively changing these guidelines. These advances including data-guided models for individualized robotic progression now allow precise shaping and maximization of locomotor recovery and improving long-term function to increase free-living activity of millions living with stroke and other neurological disabilities. 

Anindo Roy is an Associate Professor of Neurology in the University of Maryland, School of Medicine, Director of the Technology Core, Veterans Affairs Rehabilitation Research & Development (RR&D) Maryland Exercise and Robotics Center of Excellence (MERCE) with adjunct faculty appointments in Mechanical Engineering, Office of Advanced Engineering Education Faculty, and Maryland Robotics Center, Institute for Systems Research at the University of Maryland College Park. Dr. Roy obtained a PhD in the field of Engineering Science & Systems (Biological Control Systems Engineering) and subsequently completed postdoctoral fellowship training from Georgia Institute of Technology (Biomedical Engineering) and Massachusetts Institute of Technology (Rehabilitation Robotics). Dr. Roy’s areas of specializations are in rehabilitation robotics, automatic control systems, physical systems modeling, and human biomechanics. Since assuming faculty position at the University of Maryland School of Medicine, Dr. Roy’s research has focused on contact robotics specifically, in the design, development, and clinical testing of therapeutic lower extremity robotic exoskeletons, as well as mathematical modeling of human gait for rehabilitation of gait and mobility function in neurologically disabled populations.

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