Research Team

Faculty:

Mo Rastgaar, Ph.D.

Associate Professor

Director, Human-Interactive Robotics Lab (HIRoLab)

Mo RastgaarMo Rastgaar is an associate professor of Mechanical Engineering and the director of Human-Interactive Robotics Lab (HIRoLab). He received his PhD in mechanical Engineering from Virginia Tech in 2008. His research goal is to further the critical understanding of the dynamics of gait, especially during different maneuvers, through experiments with human subjects and modeling. The outcomes of his research are design, fabrication, and control of lower extremity assistive and rehabilitation devices for enhanced agility and improved mobility.

Research Interests: Dynamic systems and controls, Human-robot interactions, Autonomous Systems, Robotic prostheses, Assistive robotics

 

PhD Students:

Guilherme Aramizo RibeiroGuilherme Aramizo Ribeiro

Guilherme is a Visiting Scholar at the Polytechnic Institute at Purdue University and a PhD candidate in Mechanical Engineering at Michigan Technological University. He received his M.S. in Mechanical Engineering at Michigan Tech (thesis: Control of a Powered Ankle-Foot Prosthesis: From Perception to Impedance Modulation) and B.S. in Mechatronics Engineering at Federal University of Uberlandia, Brazil. He studies the biomechanical properties of the human ankle and computer vision technologies to assist the control of robotic ankle-foot prostheses.

 

 

 

Lauren KnopLauren Knop

Lauren is a PhD Candidate in Mechanical Engineering at Michigan Technological University and a Visiting Scholar at the Polytechnic Institute at Purdue University. She has received her M.S. in Mechanical Engineering from Michigan Tech and a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from Valparaiso University. Her work focuses on understanding how the lower extremity muscle EMG signals can be related to the biomechanical properties of the human ankle during locomotion. Throughout her research, she has worked on a number of projects that have involved the experimental design, data collection, and data processing from human subjects.