Title:

Professor of Biomedical Engineering - Director, Closed-Loop Engineering for Advanced Rehabilitation (CLEAR) core

Office Information:

NC State University
4402C Engineering Building III
Raleigh, NC 27695
(919) 515-5218

UNC Chapel Hill
150A MacNider Hall
Chapel Hill, NC 27514

Education:

Post-doc, Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago, Chicago, IL, USA
Ph.D., Arizona State University, Tempe, AZ, USA
M.S., Arizona State University, Tempe, AZ, USA
B.S., Xi'an Jiaotong University, China

Email:

hhuang11@ncsu.edu, helen-huang@unc.edu

Lab Site:

https://nrel.web.unc.edu/

Additional Links:

http://clear.bme.unc.edu

Research and Publications:

Rehabilitation Engineering
Neural-machine interface, wearer-robot interaction, prosthetics and exoskeleton, human-machine symbiosis, rehabilitation engineering

My research interest lies in science and technology that can establish and enhance a symbiotic relationship between humans and wearable machines in order to augment human physical abilities. My research goal is to create breakthroughs in human-machine symbiotic (HMS) systems that empower disabled people to lead more active and productive lives.
To achieve this overarching goal, my current research focuses on understanding how limb amputees and robotic prostheses interact with each other and their environments and development of advanced control for robotic prostheses, which are adaptive, efficient, and safe, in order to restore the motor function in individuals with limb amputations. Three research thrusts have been formulated in my lab:

Thrust 1: Investigation of neuromuscular control and sensorimotor integration in limb amputees and development of neural-machine interfaces for neural control of artificial limbs
Thrust 2: Investigation of wearer-machine co-adaptation and development of optimal adaptive control for robotic prostheses that provide personalized assistance and can adapt to changes in wearers and environments.
Thrust 3: Investigation of error correction and tolerance in human-machine symbiotic (HMS) systems and development of fault tolerant control for robotic prosthetic legs to improve the wearer’s stability and safety

*For current projects and open opportunities, check our lab or CLEAR websites

Selected Publications Links:
Lab Publications
PubMed