Mo Rastgaar

Mo Rastgaar

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Assistant Professor, Mechanical Engineering–Engineering Mechanics

  • PhD, Mechanical Engineering, Virginia Tech

Biography

Dr. Mohammad Rastgaar-Aagah is an assistant professor in the Mechanical Engineering-Engineering Mechanics Department at Michigan Technological University since 2011. Dr. Rastgaar received his Ph.D. degree in Mechanical Engineering from Virginia Tech in 2008. He was a post-doctoral associate in the Newman Laboratory for Biomechanics and Human Rehabilitation at MIT. Dr. Rastgaar is a recipient of 2014 NSF CAREER award.

Dr. Rastgaar is the founding director of the Human-Interactive Robotics Lab (HIRoLab) at Michigan Tech. The research at the HIRoLab is focused on the development of lower extremity assistive and rehabilitation devices for enhanced agility and improved mobility. The research goal at the HIRoLab is to further the critical understanding about the dynamics of gait, especially during different maneuvers, through experiments with human subjects and modeling.

Areas of Expertise

  • Human-Robot Interactions
  • Assistive and Rehabilitation Robotics
  • Dynamic Systems and Controls
  • Smart Structures

Recent Publications

  • Ficanha E. M. , Rastgaar Aagaah M., Kaufman K. R., “Multi-axis Capability for Powered Ankle-foot Prostheses”, Neuro-Robotics: From Brain Machine Interfaces to Rehabilitation Robotics, Panagiotis Artemiadis (ed.), Springer, New York, 2014.
  • Rastgaar Aagaah M., Lee H., Ficanha E. M., Ho P., Krebs H. I., and Hogan N., “Multi-Directional Dynamic Mechanical Impedance of the Human Ankle; a Key to Anthropomorphism in Lower Extremity Assistive Robots”, Neuro-Robotics: From Brain Machine Interfaces to Rehabilitation Robotics, Panagiotis Artemiadis (ed.), Springer, New York, 2014.
  • Lee H., Ho P., Rastgaar Aagaah M., Krebs H. I., and Hogan N., “Multivariable Static Ankle Mechanical Impedance with Active Muscles”, IEEE Transaction on Neural Systems & Rehabilitation Engineering, (99), 1-15, 2013.
  • E. M. Ficanha, M. Rastgaar, B. Moridian, and N. Mahmoudian, “Ankle Angles during Step Turn and Straight Walk: Implications for the Design of a Steerable Ankle-Foot Prosthetic Robot”, ASME Dynamic Systems and Control Conference (DSCC), Stanford University, Palo Alto, CA, 2013.
  • Lee H., Ho P., Rastgaar Aagaah M., Krebs H. I., and Hogan N., “Multivariable Static Ankle Mechanical Impedance with Relaxed Muscles”, Journal of Biomechanics, 44, 11901–1908, 2011.
  • Rastgaar Aagaah M., Ho P., Lee H., Krebs H. I., Hogan N., “Stochastic Estimation of the Multi-Variable Mechanical Impedance of the Human Ankle with Active Muscles”, ASME Dynamic Systems and Control Conference (DSCC), Cambridge, MA, September 13 –15, 2010.
  • Lee H., Ho P., Rastgaar Aagaah M., Krebs H. I., Hogan N., “Quantitative Characterization of Steady-State Ankle Impedance with Muscle Activation”, ASME Dynamic Systems and Control Conference (DSCC), Cambridge, MA, September 13 –15, 2010.
  • Rastgaar Aagaah M., Ho P., Lee H., Krebs H. I., Hogan N., “Stochastic Estimation of Multi-variable Human Ankle Mechanical Impedance”, ASME Dynamic Systems and Control Conference (DSCC), Hollywood, CA, October 12 – 14, 2009.
  • Rastgaar Aagaah M., Ahmadian M., Southward S. C., “Orthogonal Eigenstructure Control with Non-collocated Actuators and Sensors”, Journal of Vibration and Control, 15(7), 1019 – 1047, 2009.
  • Rastgaar Aagaah M., Ahmadian M., Southward S. C., “Experimental Application of Orthogonal Eigenstructure Control for Structural Vibration Cancellation”, Journal of Sound and Vibration, 329(19), 3873–3887, 2010.