Allison M. Okamura

Allison M. Okamura (F’11) received the B.S. degree from the University of California, Berkeley, CA, USA, in 1994, and the M.S. and Ph.D. degrees from Stanford University, Stanford, CA, in 1996 and 2000, respectively, all in mechanical engineering. She is currently a Professor of mechanical engineering at Stanford University.Her research interests include haptics, teleoperation, medical robotics, virtual environments and simulation, neuromechanics and rehabilitation, prosthetics, and engineering education. Dr. Okamura is an Editor-in-Chief of the IEEE International Conference on Robotics and Automation.

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Methods for Improving the Curvature of Steerable Needles in Biological Tissue
Percutaneous interventions involving the insertion of needles to anatomic targets within the body are applied in the diagnosis and treatment of many diseases. Robotic needle steering, a technique for inserting flexible needles along curved paths through tissue, has the potential... Read more
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Teleoperation of an ankle-foot prosthesis with a wrist exoskeleton
This work aims to mimic sensorimotor control pathways disrupted after amputation with a system that allows a user to teleoperate their ankle-foot prosthesis with a wrist exoskeleton while receiving augmented sensory feedback. We present a novel wrist exoskeleton design and two control strategies that dictate ankle prosthesis behavior based on wrist input. We validate all system components with benchtop testing and demonstrate that one individual with transtibial amputation can accurately command desired wrist trajectories while walking. Systems like this have the potential to provide insight into human motor control and improve functional gait metrics for people with lower-limb amputation... Read more