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Research Interests

My background is in electrical and biomedical engineering with specific training and experience in robotics, human biomechanics and movement and rehabilitation science. The broad focus of my research is to characterize the mechanisms underlying the loss of independent joint control of the arm, leg and trunk following brain injury due to stroke. I am interested in applying the knowledge of the mechanisms underlying the motor impairments gained from this research to devise and implement new approaches for delivering effective arm rehabilitation interventions to stroke survivors. The main approach that I am pursuing in my research is the development of portable robotic devices that can be used for therapeutic and diagnostic purposes to help stroke survivors regain movement of the arm.

Training Experience

2003Postdoctoral Fellowship, Northwestern University

Education/Academic qualification

PhD, Case Western Reserve University

… → 2002

Research interests

  • Bioengineering
  • Brain Injury
  • Movement Control
  • Neural Engineering
  • Rehabilitation/Therapy

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  • Research Output

    • 394 Citations
    • 19 Article
    • 6 Conference article
    • 4 Conference contribution
    • 1 Chapter

    Ergodicity reveals assistance and learning from physical human-robot interaction

    Fitzsimons, K., Acosta, A. M., Dewald, J. P. A. & Murphey, T. D., Apr 10 2019, In : Science Robotics. 4, 29, eaav6079.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

  • Estimating Voluntary Activation of the Elbow and Wrist Muscles in Chronic Hemiparetic Stroke Using Twitch Interpolation Methodology

    Garmirian, L. R. P., Acosta, A. M., Hill, N. M. & Dewald, J. P. A., Oct 26 2018, 40th Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society, EMBC 2018. Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Inc., p. 2244-2247 4 p. 8512791. (Proceedings of the Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society, EMBS; vol. 2018-July).

    Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingConference contribution

  • 8 Scopus citations

    Implementation of impairment- based neurorehabilitation devices and technologies following brain injury

    Dewald, J. P. A., Ellis, M. D., Acosta, A., McPherson, J. G. & Stienen, A. H. A., Jan 1 2016, Neurorehabilitation Technology, Second Edition. Springer International Publishing, p. 375-392 18 p.

    Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter

  • A multiple degree of freedom lower extremity isometric device to simultaneously quantify hip, knee, and ankle torques

    Sánchez, N., Acosta, A., Stienen, A. H. A. & Dewald, J. P. A., Sep 1 2015, In : IEEE Transactions on Neural Systems and Rehabilitation Engineering. 23, 5, p. 765-775 11 p., 6881700.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

  • 6 Scopus citations