Annual ARMS Robotics Research Symposium Lecture

The ARMS Robotics Annual Research Symposium features a talk by a prominent member of the robotics community, followed by student poster presentations. Lunch will be served at 12:00 p.m. The event is open to all interested students, faculty, and staff.

The ARMS—Accessibility, Rehabilitation, and Movement Science: An Interdisciplinary Traineeship Program in Human-Centered Robotics presents “Community-Based Rehabilitation Robotics” by Michelle Johnson of the University of Pennsylvania. The event will be held in the TSRB Auditorium, from 1:00–2:00 p.m.


Michelle J. Johnson is an assistant professor of physical medicine and rehabilitation at the University of Pennsylvania. She has a secondary appointment as an assistant professor in Bioengineering and is a member of the mechanical engineering and applied mechanics graduate group. Johnson has a Bachelor’s of Science in Mechanical Engineering and Applied Mechanics from the University of Pennsylvania and a Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering with an emphasis in mechatronics, robotics, and design, from Stanford University. 

She completed an NSF-NATO post-doctoral fellowship at the Advanced Robotics Technology and Systems Laboratory at the Scuola Superiore Sant’Anna in Italy. Johnson directs the Rehabilitation Robotic Research and Design Laboratory in the Pennsylvania Institute of Rehabilitation Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania, School of Medicine. The lab is also affiliated with the General Robotics, Automation, Sensing & Perception (GRASP) Lab. 

Johnson’s lab specializes in the design, development, and therapeutic use of novel, affordable, intelligent robotic assistants for rehabilitation in high- and low-resource environments with an emphasis on using robotics and sensors to quantify upper limb motor function in adults and children with brain injury or those at risk for brain injury. 

Event Details


  • Friday, April 19, 2019
    1:00 pm - Saturday, April 20, 2019
    1:59 pm
Location: Technology Square Research Building, Auditorium

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Toccara Houston
Program Support Coordinator
NSF NRT: ARMS Traineeship Program