Description of Research Expertise:
My research is mainly in the area of robot-mediated rehabilitation. I am focused on the investigation and rehabilitation of dysfunction due to aging, neural disease, and neural injury. I am particularly interested in 1) exploring the relationships between brain plasticity and behavioral/motor control changes after robot-assisted interventions; 2)quantifying motor impairment and motor control of the upper limb in real world tasks such as drinking; and 3) defining the methods to maintain therapeutic effectiveness while administering local and remote, robot-mediated interventions.
I direct the Rehabilitation Robotics Lab. This is a new Lab within the Department of Physical, Medicine, and Rehabilitation in the Perelman School of Medicine. The Rehabilitation Robotics Lab mission is to use robotics,rehabilitation,and neuroscience techniques to translate research findings into the development of assistive and therapeutic rehabilitation robots capable of functioning in real-world rehabilitation environments. Our goal is to improve the quality of life and function on activities of daily living (ADLs) of our target population in supervised or under-supervised settings.
Keywords (in alphabetical order): Brain Plasticity, Design, Controls, Motor Control, Robotics, Rehabilitation, Stroke, Therapy, Upper Limb
Mucchiani C, Cacchione P, Torres W, Johnson MJ, Yim M: Exploring a low-cost mobile manipulation for elder care within a community-based setting Journal of Intelligent & Robotic Systems : 1-12,2019.
Kather C, Lima K, Torres W, Sanders O, Pierce S, Prosser L, Johnson MJ: Kinetic classifications for assessment of typical and atypical infant play behavior with toys Proc of Rehabilitation Engineering and Assistive Technology Society of North America, Jun 23-29, Toronto, Canada : 2019.
Lysenko S, Seethapathi N, Chambers C, Torres W, Saluja R, Prosser L, Kording K, Johnson MJ: Infant sentiment analysis in behavioral qualification Proc of Rehabilitation Engineering and Assistive Technology Society of North America, Jun 23-29, Toronto, Canada : 2019.
Goodman A, Johnson MJ, and Popovic M: Chapter 12: Physical Therapy and Rehabilitation In Biomechatronics 1st Edition : 333,2019.
Johnson MJ, Sobrepera M, Mendonca R: Design of an affordable socially assistive robot for remote health and function monitoring and prognostication International Journal of Prognostics and Health Management (IJPHM) 10 (005): 15,2019.
GirlPowered: https://www.girlpowered.com: GirlPowered Spark Series: Michelle Johnson YouTube Video, RECFoundation https://www.roboticseducation.org/
Johnson MJ, Mendonca R: Chapter 17: Rehabilitation Robotics In Rehabilitation Engineering : 2019.
Kather C, Torres W, Lima K, Ho E, Pierce S, Prosser L, Johnson MJ: Distinguishing atypical infant behavior using elementary kinetic classifications Rehabilitation Engineering And Assistive Technology Society of Korea (RESKO, Goyang, South Korea : 105,2018.
Oyerinde E, Torres W, Lysenko S, Lima K, Pierce S, Prosser L, Johnson M: A novel approach to parameterizing infant emotion and movement in relation to cognitive and motor development
Rehabilitation Engineering And Assistive Technology Society of Korea (RESKO), Goyang, South Korea
Saberry S, Bui K, Johnson MJ: Gamification and validation of an upper extremity passive machine for a robot-assisted stroke rehabilitation gym Rehabilitation Engineering And Assistive Technology Society of Korea (RESKO), Goyang, South Korea : 124,2018.
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