报告题目：Robots for Characterizing and Training of Human Movements
报告人： Sunil K. Agrawal, Ph.D., Professor, Columbia University
About the speaker（报告人简介）:
Sunil K. Agrawal received a Ph.D. degree in Mechanical Engineering from Stanford University in 1990. He is currently a Professor and Director of Robotics and Rehabilitation (ROAR) Laboratory at Columbia University. He has published close to 400 journal and conference papers. Dr. Agrawal is a Fellow of the ASME and AIMBE. His honors include a NSF Presidential Faculty Fellowship from the White House in 1994, a Bessel Prize from Germany in 2003, and a Humboldt US Senior Scientist Award in 2007. He is a recipient of the Best Paper award at the 35th ASME Mechanisms and Robotics Conference in 2011, a Best Student Paper Award at the IEEE International Conference in Robotics and Automation in 2012, and a Best Paper (Honorable Mention) at the 39th ASME Mechanisms and Robotics Conference in 2015. He is a recipient of ASME Machine Design Award and ASME Mechanisms and Robotics Award in 2016. He has held positions of a Distinguished Visiting Professor at Hanyang University in Korea and a Professor of Robotics at the University of Ulster in Northern Ireland. He is currently also a Visiting Professor at the Biorobotics Institute of SSSA in Pisa. He actively serves on editorial boards of conferences and journals published by the ASME, IEEE, and other professional societies.
Robotics is emerging as a tool for training of human skills and functional movements. Robotics also provides the tools to probe the human neuromuscular system and to study how the human body would respond to simulated external conditions. Our group at Columbia University Robotics and Rehabilitation (ROAR) Laboratory has designed exoskeletons and movement training devices. This talk will describe scientific challenges and training studies with healthy adults, stroke patients with hemiparesis, children with cerebral palsy, and potential elderly fallers. Neural disorders limit one’s ability to perform common activities of daily living, such as walking, reaching etc. This research is supported by multiple grants from theNational Science Foundation and the National Institute of Health.