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Professor Jen-Yuan Chang

Title Technology Development & Application of Robotics in Rehabilitation Medicine
Authors Professor Jen-Yuan Chang
Abstract To contend with limitation of availability of healthcare manpower, adaptation of robotics in rehabilitation has increased, in particular in developed countries where aging is playing significant role for long-term disabilities. The so-called “tightness” of muscles in stroke patients is referred to muscle spasticity caused by hyperexcitability of motoneurons. It is found that with repeated precise range of motion (ROM) exercises, this flexor hyperexcitability can be reduced. In practices, the ROM exercises are operated by therapist’s hands to temporarily reduce the severity of spasticity. In evidence-based medicine, it is demonstrated that with robots, the high-repetitive and high-precision movements can greatly improve the quality of rehabilitation for stroke patients. In this talk, viewing the robotic devices as smart machines, government’s strategic aims in long-term care & digital precision medicine, and global market trend in rehabilitation robots will be first addressed. Then the robotic technologies suitable for rehabilitation will be demonstrated development of wearable robotic assistive rehabilitation devices for hand/fingers funded by MOST, of which devices later obtained TFDA and ISO13485 certifications. Last but not the least, strategic approaches in transforming technologies into commercial products will be discussed in the context of combining university R&D, government resource as well as venture capital opportunities.