Robotics and Rehabilitation (ROAR) lab celebrated the graduation of eight PhD students in the last two years 2021-2022. These graduates are Biing-Chwen Chang, Rand Hidayah, Tatiana Luna, Rosemarie Murray, Isirame Omofuma, Chawin Ophaswongse, Antonio Prado, Danielle Stramel. Congratulations to them on their journey ahead. ROAR lab is always a resource for you and we wish you success.
We had three new PhD students who joined us during this time: Robert Carrera, Jiawei Chen, Xincheng Zhang. We wish them a productive time ahead. They are joined by our current PhD students Xupeng Ai, Priya Kulkarni, and Fitsum Petros and post-doctoral researcher Dr. Chawin Ophaswongse.
We want to congratulate Dr. Victor Santamaria for obtaining a faculty position at New York Medical College. He worked as a post-doctoral researcher in ROAR lab for three years. Dr. Biing-Chwen Chang took over the position as an Assistant Professor in Mechanical Engineering at Taiwan National University.
We are continuing our randomized clinical trial to improve trunk control in children with cerebral palsy supported by a 5-year NIH R01 grant. ROAR Lab received a new 5-year grant to improve standing control of individuals with spinal cord injury from NY State Department of Health. We continue to develop new head-neck robotic devices to improve head-neck control in individuals with ALS supported by the ALS Foundation.