• Vanderbilt University

    Vanderbilt, 101st Airborne collaborate on development of exoskeleton for soldier use in inaugural Pathfinder Project

    A team of Vanderbilt engineers have completed a collaborative project with the 101st Airborne Division at Fort Campbell to design and test a first-of-its-kind exoskeleton that supports U.S. Army soldiers participating in sustainment and logistics operations. The exoskeleton—the Soldier Assistive Bionic Exosuit for Resupply,… Read More

    Aug. 17, 2022

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    Braun receives NSF Early CAREER Award to create next-gen robots to assist humans

    David Braun, assistant professor of mechanical engineering, has received a prestigious NSF CAREER Award for foundational research in mechanically adaptive robotics. His CAREER project, “Mechanically Adaptive, Energetically Passive Robotics,” will enable the creation of new-generation industrial robots, transportation systems, and devices that can assist and augment humans. David Braun The five-year,… Read More

    Apr. 13, 2022

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    New study reveals breakthrough tool to show how much exoskeletons reduce back injury risk

    Warehouse case study shows how much exoskeletons reduce musculoskeletal wear-and-tear–cumulative damage–and low back disorder (LBD) risk to workers. A study led by researchers from Vanderbilt University’s Center for Rehabilitation Engineering and Assistive Technology reveals a breakthrough tool to assess the effect of exoskeletons on injury risk. The tool, called… Read More

    Nov. 30, 2021

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    Faculty Innovator: Michael Goldfarb shows that taking the first step is possible

    Goldfarb (Vanderbilt) Using robotics to help individuals walk seemed like something out of a science fiction film until Michael Goldfarb and members of his lab made it a reality. Goldfarb, co-director of the Center for Rehabilitation Engineering and Assistive Technology and H. Fort Flowers Professor of Mechanical Engineering,… Read More

    Sep. 24, 2021

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    Michael Goldfarb elected Fellow of National Academy of Inventors

    Michael Goldfarb, H. Fort Flowers Professor of Mechanical Engineering, has been elected as a fellow of the National Academy of Inventors, the highest professional distinction accorded solely to academic inventors. The NAI Fellows Selection Committee chose Goldfarb, also, a professor of electrical engineering and physical and medical rehabilitation, for demonstrating… Read More

    Dec. 8, 2020

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    Vanderbilt-developed exosuit spotlighted at annual D.C. showcase

    A back-assist exoskeleton developed at Vanderbilt University that blends comfort, ease of use and accessibility for all and is built for maximum range of motion is being recognized by the Association of American Universities and the Association of Public Land-Grant Universities for their annual innovation showcase. The maker of the… Read More

    Dec. 6, 2020

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    Humans could run 50% faster with bicycle-inspired exoskeleton

    Runners could soon keep up with cyclists, thanks to a new invention from a team of mechanical engineers at Vanderbilt. The invention, an exoskeleton worn on the legs, would bring cycling mechanics to the human body and enable people to run nearly 1.5 times as fast — approaching top cycling… Read More

    Apr. 8, 2020

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    National Biomechanics Day draws 370+ visitors to assistive tech labs

    The Vanderbilt group organizing National Biomechanics Day event this year added video scripting and production to its skillset. The group of graduate students and undergraduates spent three months planning demonstrations, contacting schools and creating their two-minute promotional video, which won the award from the International Society for Biomechanics for… Read More

    Apr. 15, 2019

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    New low-profile ankle exoskeleton fits under clothes for potential broad adoption

    The new ankle exoskeleton design integrates into the shoe and under clothing. Submitted photo. A new lightweight, low-profile and inexpensive ankle exoskeleton could be widely used among elderly people, those with impaired lower-leg muscle strength and workers whose jobs require substantial walking or running. Developed by Vanderbilt mechanical engineers, the… Read More

    Mar. 21, 2019

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    Exoskeleton developed at Vanderbilt University collects R&D 100 Award

    by Heidi Hall Nov. 28, 2018, 3:38 PM The Indego exoskeleton developed at Vanderbilt University picked up an R&D 100 Award at the Nov. 16 ceremony held in Orlando, Fla. Co-inventors Michael Goldfarb, H. Fort Flowers Professor of Mechanical Engineering, and… Read More

    Nov. 28, 2018