Mo Rastgaar

Mo Rastgaar

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Associate Professor, Mechanical Engineering–Engineering Mechanics

  • PhD, Mechanical Engineering, Virginia Tech

Biography

Dr. Mohammad Rastgaar-Aagah is an associate 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.

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Areas of Expertise

  • Dynamics and Controls
  • Robotics
  • System Identification

Research Interests

  • Human-Robot Interactions
  • Prosthetic Robots
  • Assistive and Rehabilitation Robotics
  • Augmenting Agility of Locomotion
  • Biomechanics of Gait

Recent Publications

  • Ficanha E. M., Rastgaar Aagaah M., Kaufman K. R., “Ankle Mechanics during Sidestep Cutting Implicates Need for 2-DOF Powered Ankle-foot Prostheses”, JRRD - Journal of Rehabilitation Research & Development, 52(1), 2015.
  • Ficanha E. M., Rastgaar Aagaah M., Kaufman K. R., “Control of a 2-DOF powered ankle-foot mechanism”, 2015 IEEE International Conference on Robotics and Automation (ICRA 2015), Seattle, WA, May 25 – 30, 2015.
  • Ficanha E. M., Rastgaar Aagaah M., Kaufman K. R., “Gait Emulator for Evaluation of Ankle-Foot Prostheses Capable of Turning”, 2015 Design of Medical Devices Conference (DMD 2015), Minneapolis, MN, April 13-16, 2015.
  • Rastgaar Aagaah, Mohammad, Lee, Hyunglae, Ficanha, Evandro, Ho, Patrick, Krebs, Hermano Igo, Hogan, Neville, "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, Ed. Artemiadis, Springer, July 2014, pp. 157-178, ISBN-13: 978-9401789318
  • Ficanha, Evandro, Rastgaar Aagaah, Mohammad, Kaufman, Kenton R., "Multi-axis Capability for Powered Ankle-foot Prostheses," Neuro-Robotics: From Brain Machine Interfaces to Rehabilitation Robotics, Ed. Artemiadis, Springer, July 2014, pp. 85-103, ISBN-13: 978-9401789318
  • 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, Vol. 22(1) pp. 44-52, 2014.
  • Ficanha, Evandro, Rastgaar Aagaah, Mohammad, Kaufman, Kenton, "A Two-axis Cable-driven Ankle-foot Mechanism," Robotics and Biomimetics Special Issue on Medical Robotics, Online Nov 2014, Vol.1, No. 17, pp. 1-13, DOI: 10.1186/s40638-014-0017-0
  • Ficanha E. M., Rastgaar Aagaah M., “Impedance and Admittance Controller for a Multi-axis Powered Ankle-foot Prosthesis”, ASME Dynamic Systems and Control Conference (DSCC), San Antonio, TX, October 22-24, 2014.
  • Ficanha E. M., Rastgaar Aagaah M., “Stochastic Estimation of Human Ankle Mechanical Impedance in Medial-lateral Direction”, ASME Dynamic Systems and Control Conference (DSCC), San Antonio, TX, October 22-24, 2014.
  • Rastgaar Aagaah M., Mahmoudian N., “Robustness of Orthogonal Eigenstructure Control to Actuators Failure”, Nonlinear Approaches in Engineering Applications 2, R. N. Jazar and L. Dai (eds.), Springer, New York, Chapter 5, 137-166, 2014.
  • Ficanha E. M., Rastgaar Aagaah M., “Preliminary Design and Evaluation of a Multi-axis Ankle-Foot Prosthesis”, 5th IEEE RAS/EMBS International Conference on Biomedical Robotics and Biomechatronics, BioRob 2014, São Paulo, Brazil, August 12-15, 2014.
  • Ficanha E. M., Kang R., and Rastgaar Aagaah M., “Ankle Kinematics Describing Gait Agility: Considerations in the Design of an Agile Ankle-Foot Prosthesis”, 5th IEEE RAS/EMBS International Conference on Biomedical Robotics and Biomechatronics, BioRob 2014, São Paulo, Brazil, August 12-15, 2014.
  • Ficanha, E. M., Rastgaar, M., Moridian, B., and Mahmoudian, N., 2013, “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, Mohammad, Krebs, H. I., and Hogan, N., "Multivariable Static Ankle Mechanical Impedance with Relaxed Muscles," Journal of Biomechanics, Vol. 44, No. 10, pp. 1901-1908, 2011.
  • Rastgaar Aagaah, M., Ho, P., Lee, H., Krebs, H. I., Hogan, N., 2010, “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., 2010, “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.

Recent Research Projects

CAREER: Steerable Powered Ankle-foot Prostheses for Increased Mobility in Amputees

Investigators
Principal Investigator: Mohammad Rastgaar Aagaah
College/School: College of Engineering
Department(s): Mechanical Engineering-Engineering Mechanics
Center/Institute: Multi-Scale Technologies Institute (MuSTI)

NRI: Co-Robots to Engage Next Generation of Students in STEM Learning

Investigators
Principal Investigator: Nina Mahmoudian
Co-PI: Michele Miller
Co-PI: Mohammad Rastgaar Aagaah
College/School: College of Engineering
Department(s): Mechanical Engineering-Engineering Mechanics
Center/Institute: Great Lakes Research Center (GLRC)