Dr. Zhang has recently graduated from the ROAR Lab for his Ph.D. degree (Dissertation Link). He is currently served as a postdoctoral research scientist in the ROAR Lab. He has previously received his M.S. and B.S. degrees, both in Mechanical Engineering, from University of Massachusetts Amherst (2014) and Dalian University of Technology (2011).
Since joining the ROAR lab, he has developed a robotic neck brace, the first in the literature, to help patients improve head-neck control. He is currently evaluating this robotic brace with different impaired populations, including patients with head drop and children with cerebral palsy. In another project collaborating with City University of New York, he has developed a robotic device to train spinal rodents to restore arm reaching abilities.
He has contributed substantially to writing research grant proposals, including winning two recent grants for his works in improving head control in ALS using novel robotic neck braces (ALS Foundation, 2019) and using robots to study spinal cord injury rehabilitation in rodents (New York State Spinal Cord Injury Research Board, 2017).
His research interest is broad, spanning modeling, design and controls, human-machine interaction, and robot learning. His research goal is to use robotics as a tool to benefit humanity.