Welcome to the Center for Intelligent Mechatronics

The CIM is a mechanical engineering research laboratory run by Dr. Michael Goldfarb at Vanderbilt University. The lab focuses on the design and control of electromechanical devices, with a particular emphasis on the emerging field of rehabilitation robotics.

Current projects include a powered, multi-degree-of-freedom prosthetic arm, a powered exoskeleton for gait restoration in spinal-cord injured victims and stroke rehabilitation, and a powered transfemoral prosthesis that enhances mobility and reduces falls for lower-limb amputees.

Functional Assessment: The Vanderbilt Multigrasp Hand

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Researchers from the Center for Intelligent Mechatronics are currently involved in preliminary functional testing of a novel multigrasp hand prosthesis and controller. The Vanderbilt Multigrasp Hand Prosthesis is a powered robotic device that can achieve 9 canonical grasps and postures necessary for everyday life using a standard electromyogram (EMG) interface. In the above photo, a participant prepares to perform the Southampton Hand Assessment Procedure (SHAP), a standardized clinical test for assessing hand functionality.