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Research Overview

Our research is at the intersection of biomechanics, robotics, and systems' dynamics, leading to translational projects in the field of human motor rehabilitation.  We focus on the development of theories, algorithms, and robotic prototypes to understand fundamental principles of motor skills such as balance, locomotion, and manipulation.


This will provide novel models of motor behavior, as well as means for evaluating motor performance in populations affected by conditions that impair mobility (e.g., aging, Parkinson, spinal cord injury, etc.). Ultimately, the mission of the Coppélia Research Laboratory is to translate our multidisciplinary research effort into improved bio-engineering solutions to human motor assistance and rehabilitation.

General Research Interests

  • Mechanisms and Robotics

  • Multibody Dynamics

  • Multi-Contact Mechanics

  • Optimization Algorithms

  • Motion Planning and Control

  • Humanoid Robotics

  • Benchmarking Human and Robot Motor Performance

  • Balance Stability of Legged Systems

  • Assistive/Rehabilitation Robotics

  • Gait Biomechanics

  • Cognitive and Motor Performance in Healthy Aging

  • Human-Robot Interaction

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