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Welcome to Our Group

The Neuromuscular Rehabilitation Engineering Laboratory (NREL) investigates the control mechanism of neuromuscular system in normal and neurologically disordered persons, develops advanced neural-machine interfacing technologies, and applies these techniques to neural control of prosthetics, orthotics, computers, and other assistive devices. Our research goal is to improve the quality of life of persons with physical disabilities.

Recent Research Videos


This video demonstrates the real-time EMG-driven musculoskeletal model-based control of the DEKA hand by an able-bodied participant. The prosthesis closely follows the participant's finger and wrist movements.




Andrea Brandt was recently featured in NC State News as well as on the front page of NSF for her work that highlights the need for adaptive powered knee prostheses to assist amputees.




Dr. Huang, Stephanie, and Andy were invited to present some of our projects at the Science Café in the North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences.




NSF Science Now: Episode 37 featured our research!


We are now recruiting participants for our research studies to test new software and devices that give amputees more control.


Seeking One Postdoctoral Research Associate to help advance new robotic prostheses.


Interested Graduate and Undergraduate Students contact Ming Liu (mliu10@ncsu.edu) with your CV/Resume for more information



NREL recently hosted it's first Open House. Clinicians from the community came to participate in live demos and discussion on prosthetic research. Pictures coming soon!


Congratulations to Ting Zhang on his new position as Professor at Soochow University in Suzhou, China!


Congratuations to Dr. Huang and NREL with two new research grants, funded by NIH and NSF respectively!


We welcome four new lab members, Dr. Wen Wu, Dr. EJ Lee, Noah Rubin, and Ashling Lupiani to join NREL!


Congratulations to Stephanie, Ting, Lizhi, and Dustin for their recently accepted /published papers. Please check out our new publications.


Dr. Huang is the newest member of the Review Board for the 2017 Edition of the Deslsys Prize.



DL Crouch, L. Pan, W. Filer, J. Stallings, H Huang, "Comparing Surface and Intramuscular Electromyography for Simultaneous and Proportional Control Based on a Musculoskeletal Model: A Pilot Study", IEEE Transactions on Neural System and Rehabilitation, 2018 (Accepted)


L. Pan, DL Crouch, H Huang*, " Myoelectric Control Based on A Generic Musculoskeletal Model: Towards A Multi-User Neural-Machine Interface", IEEE Transactions on Neural System and Rehabilitation, 26(7), pp. 1435 - 1442, 2018


T. Zhang, H. Huang, "A Lower-Back Robotic Exoskeleton: Industrial Handling Augmentation Used to Provide Spinal Support", IEEE Robotics and Automation Magazine, 2018 (Accepted)


S. Huang*, H. Huang, "Voluntary Control of Residual Antagonistic Muscles in Transtibial Amputees: Feedforward Ballistic Contractions and Implications for Direct Neural Control of Powered Lower Limb Prostheses", IEEE Transactions on Neural System and Rehabilitation, 26(4), 894-903, 2018


L. Resnik, H. Huang*, A. Winslow, D. Crouch, F. Zhang, N. Wolk, "Evaluation of EMG pattern recognition for upper limb prosthesis control: a case study in comparison with direct myoelectric control", Journal of Neuroengineering and Rehabilitation, 15:23, 2018


T. Zhang*, Minh Tran, H. Huang, "Design and experimental verification of hip exoskeleton with balance capacities for walking assistance", IEEE Transactions on Mechtronics, 23(1), pp. 274 - 285, 2018