The mission of the Bionics Lab is to develop science, technology, and human resources at the interface between robotics, biological systems, and medicine. The PI/Lab Director is Professor Jacob Rosen, Computer Engineering. The goal of this lab is to produce useful, innovative research and technology as well as trained researchers fluent in both science, engineering, biological systems, and robotics.
The project called Paradigm Shift of Neurorehabilitation of Stroke Patients Using Wearable Robotics, with PIs: Professor Rosen, Computer Engineering, UCSC; Nancy Byle, Ph.D., UCSF; and Gary Abrams, M.D., UCSF/VA, was awarded CITRIS Seed Funding in 2010. The purpose of this project is to study the effectiveness of a rehabilitation training program using wearable robotics to improve the function of affected arms in patients with chronic stroke. Professor Rosen developed a fully operational system that includes two upper limb exoskeletons functioning as a wearable robot.