Georgia Tech, Emory unite to train health care roboticists

Georgia Institute of Technology and Emory University faculty members are uniting to train the next generation of engineering students in healthcare robotics technologies, so they can better understand the changing needs of patients and their caregivers and healthcare providers.

With the support of a five-year, $2.9 million grant from the National Science Foundation National Research Traineeship program, this faculty team will create new bachelor’s, master’s, and doctoral degree programs and concentrations in healthcare robotics – the first degree programs in this area in the United States.

This initiative will blend Emory’s medical and clinical expertise and Tech’s robotics and engineering know-how to train engineering students in robotics, physiology, neuroscience, rehabilitation and psychology. The program also aims to increase the appeal of STEM fields to a wide range of people, including women, underrepresented minorities and people with disabilities.

The eight-member team includes NS faculty members, Lena H. Ting, a BME professor with an appointment in Emory School of Medicine’s Department of Rehabilitation Medicine, Division of Physical Therapy, and co-director of the Neural Engineering Center, who will integrate human needs related to accessibility and rehabilitation to inform the design of robotics solutions; Randy D. Trumbower, an assistant professor in both BME and Physical Therapy and the director of research within Rehabilitation Medicine at Emory, who will work on interfacing robotics and physical therapy techniques; and Steven L. Wolf, a professor in Emory’s Division of Physical Therapy, will serve as a student advisor.

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