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Human Machine Integration

The BEAR Lab perform research at the interface between humans and intelligent assistive technologies. We want to develop a deeper knowledge of how our brains assume ownership over our bodies and their actions. Leveraging neural-machine interfaces, robotic control, sensory feedback, and cognitive neurosciences, we apply this knowledge to improve human-machine interactions and blur the lines between users and assistive devices.
(Photo credit: K. Schoepp,

Assistive Device Design

A primary focus of the work performed at the BEAR Lab is the engineering, fabrication, and implementation of assistive device to address unmet clinical needs. Some examples include sensory feedback systems for upper limb prostheses, advanced myoelectric prosthetic sockets, and prosthetic/orthotic instrumentation.  
(Photo credit: J. Schofield,


Clinical Applications of Engineering Design

Translation of our work beyond the laboratory is fundamentally important to the BEAR Lab. We actively work with clinicians and medical specialists to understand and address relevant clinical challenges. Areas of research and translational expertise include sensory feedback systems for prostheses, prosthetic and orthotic device design, human biomechanics, and biomedical instrumentation.

Other Exciting Research Areas

We are expanding or research into exciting new areas that tie together engineering practices, medical sciences, and clinical need. We will post our newly emerging projects as they continue to develop.

Research Overview: Research
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