University of Waterloo
Engineering 5 (E5), 6th Floor
Phone: 519-888-4567 ext.32600
Robotic teammates have the unique advantage and challenge that we have the ability to design them, and while we may know what we desire in a teammate, actually manifesting those characteristics is difficult. In order to achieve the goal of creating our desired teammate it requires a greater understanding of the strengths and weaknesses of the design elements as well as ourselves. In this presentation Paul Stegall will present prior work on the use of exoskeleton devices for rehabilitation and pathology identification, current work on human ability augmentation, and plans for future research.
Paul Stegall is a postdoctoral researcher in Northern Arizona University's Biomechatronics Lab working on coordinated joint control of exoskeletons for children living with cerebral palsy, following another postdoctoral position at MIT with work consisting of developing control and information sharing strategies to improve human/exoskeleton fluency. Prior to that Paul taught in the Mechanical Engineering and Applied Mechanics Department at The University of Pennsylvania. Paul earned a B.S. from Johns Hopkins University, and a Ph.D from Columbia University working on robot assisted gait training for stroke survivors and how the design of mechanical and control systems impacts the effectiveness of gait training. Paul’s research interests lie in how to use technology to improve people’s quality of life, and in improving our understanding of how the human body and mind work.