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
Smith RO, Scherer M, Cooper R, Bell D, Hobbs DA, Pettersson C, Seymour N, Borg J, Johnson MJ, Lane JP, Srinivasan SS, Rao PVM, Obiedat QM, MacLachlan M, Bauer S: Assistive technology products: a position paper from the first global research, innovation, and education on assistive technology (GREAT) summit
Disability and Rehabilitation: Assistive Technology : 1-13,2018.
Johnson MJ, Johnson MA, Sefcik JS, Cacchione PZ, Mucchiani C, Lau T, Yim M: Task and Design Requirements for an Affordable Mobile Service Robot for Elder Care in an All-Inclusive Care for Elders Assisted-Living Setting International Journal of Social Robots : 1– 20,2017.
Mucchiani C, Sharma S, Johnson M, Sefcik J, Vivio N, Huang J, Cacchione P, Johnson M, Rai R, Canoso A, Lau T.: Evaluating older adults’ interaction with a mobile assistive robot. In IEEE/RSJ International Conference on Intelligent Robots and Systems, IROS : 2017.
Sefcik JS, Johnson MJ, Yim M, Lau T, Vivio N, Mucchiani C, Cacchione PZ: Stakeholders’ Perceptions Sought to Inform the Development of a Low-Cost Mobile Robot for Older Adults: A Qualitative Descriptive Study Clinical Nursing Research : 1– 20,2017.
Mohan M, Mendonca R, Johnson MJ: Towards Quantifying Dynamic Human-Human Physical Interactions for
Robot Assisted Stroke Therapy IEEE International Conference on Rehabilitation Robotics,Conference Proceedings, London, UK : 2017.
Bui, KB, Rai R, Johnson MJ: Using Upper Limb Kinematics to Assess Cognitive Deficits in People
Living with Both HIV and Stroke IEEE International Conference on Rehabilitation Robotics (ICORR), Conference Proceedings, London, UK : 2017.
Goyal V, Torres W, Rai R, Shofer F, Bogen D, Bryant P, Prosser L, Johnson MJ: Quantifying infant physical and cognitive interactions using sensorized
toys in a natural play environment
IEEE International Conference on Rehabilitation Robotics (ICORR), Conference Proceedings, London, UK : 2017.
Shreyas S. Shivakumar, Helen Loeb, Daniel K. Bogen, Frances Shofer, Phillip Bryant, Laura Prosser and Michelle J. Johnson: Stereo 3D Tracking of Infants in Natural Play Conditions IEEE International Conference on Rehabilitation Robotics (ICORR), Conference Proceedings, London, UK : 2017.
Michelle Johnson, Mayumi Mohan, Rochelle Mendonca: Analyzing Patient-Therapist Physical Interactions in Occupational Therapy: Understanding Intent and Identifying Metrics Good Shepherd Penn Partners Research Day, Philadelphia, PA, June 8 : 2017.
Bui K, Rai R, Johnson MJ: Using Neuroimaging and Rehabilitation Robotics to Better Understand HIV-Associated Stroke: A Case Study
Good Shepherd Penn Partners Research Day : 2017.