Ningbo Yu

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— Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) and its functional applications (fMRI) play increasing roles in diagnostic and basic neuroscience. In contrast to the high demand for MR-compatible devices and robotic systems in both academic and practical fields, MR-compatibility has been a tough hurdle for developers. Since traditional electromagnetic components(More)
PURPOSE Longitudinal studies to evaluate the effect of rehabilitative therapies require an objective, reproducible and quantitative means for testing function in vivo. An fMRI assessment tool for upper extremity related brain activation using an MRI-compatible manipulandum was developed and tested for use in neurorehabilitation research. METHODS Fifteen(More)
PURPOSE Robotic and mechatronic devices that work compatibly with magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) are applied in diagnostic MRI, image-guided surgery, neurorehabilitation and neuroscience. MRI-compatible mechatronic systems must address the challenges imposed by the scanner's electromagnetic fields. We have developed objective quantitative evaluation(More)
— Series elastic actuators (SEAs) are growingly important in physical human-robot interaction (HRI) due to their inherent safety and compliance. Cable-driven SEAs also allow flexible installation and remote torque transmission, etc. However, there are still challenges for the impedance control of cable-driven SEAs, such as the reduced bandwidth caused by(More)
In neurorehabilitation, longitudinal assessment of arm movement related brain function in patients with motor disability is challenging due to variability in task performance. MRI-compatible robots monitor and control task performance, yielding more reliable evaluation of brain function over time. The main goals of the present study were first to define the(More)