Awarded in 2016
Home Department: Mechanical Engineering
Faculty Advisors: Scott Delp (Bioengineering, Mechanical Engineering), Stephen Boyd (Electrical Engineering), John Day (Neurology, Pediatrics - Genetics), Paul Nuyujukian (Bioengineering), Allison Okamura (Mechanical Engineering), and Walter Murray (Management Science & Engineering)
Research Title: Optimizing wearable robots for walking
Research Description: Wearable robotic devices are currently used to help restore mobility to individuals following stroke, spinal cord injury, or loss of a limb. A common goal of wearable robots is to reduce the energy required to walk. This is a challenging task, especially given our lack of knowledge about the neural, muscular, and skeletal adaptations that occur when wearing such devices. Chris applies the latest computational methods to optimize the behavior of virtual wearable robots and to gain insight into how devices interact with the human neural, muscular, and skeletal systems.