Lunch and Learn with Zach Forest Lerner
11:00am - 12:00pm
Engineering & Computer Science, Room 410, Classroom
Join us as Zach Forest Lerner speaks on Next Generation Wearable Robots for Treating Neuromuscular Impairment. Food will be available on a first come first serve basis. More details on talk and speaker below.
Abstract and Bio:
Injury to the neuromuscular system often leads to impaired walking ability across the lifespan. Existing treatment strategies have proven insufficient. Dr. Lerner is pioneering advances in robotics and control to improve mobility and neuromotor function for individuals with disabilities. Most recently, his research has focused on the use of powered orthoses to improve posture and walking efficiency in children with cerebral palsy. His research findings have demonstrated an improvement in walking posture similar to outcomes from invasive surgery, as well as reductions in the energy cost of walking well above those provided from passive mobility aids. Dr. Lerner’s current research is focused on developing optimized exoskeleton control schemes, techniques to improve user-engagement during robot-assisted rehabilitation, and wearable assistance to improve mobility during variable walking tasks in real-world settings. Support for Dr. Lerner’s research includes an NIH NCMRR Early Career Research Award, and an NSF CISE Research Initiation Award.