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NIH Funds Initiatives for Co-Robotics

The National Institutes of Health has provided funding for new research in co-robotics — robots that work cooperatively with people to aid stroke rehabilitation, guide wheelchairs and assist children with autism spectrum disorder. The projects are part of the interagency National Robotics Initiative (NRI), which also includes the National Science Foundation, the National Aeronautics and Space Administration, and the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

The newly announced research projects include investigations of wearable exoskeletons to induce recovery of functions in affected limbs in stroke rehabilitation; a computer vision-based active learning co-robot wheelchair, which can be controlled by the user’s head movements and will adapt to the individual; and music-based interactive robotic orchestration for children with autism spectrum disorder. For additional information about the NRI, visit