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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 Two Postdoctoral Research Associates to help advance new robotic prostheses.


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



Congratulations to Andy Brandt for her recently accepted publication,

"Interactions between transfemoral amputees and a powered knee prosthesis during load carriage"


Congratulations to Dr. Huang for her new position as associate editor of IEEE Transactions on Neural Systems and Rehabilitation Engineering.


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


Our Research Scientist, Dr. Dustin Crouch, has accepted a tenure-track faculty position at The University of Tennessee, Knoxville. While we will be sad to see him leave, we wish him all the best in his endeavors as a Tennessee Volunteer!



"D. Crouch, H. Huang, "Musculoskeletal model-based control interface mimics physiologic hand dynamics during path tracing task", Journal of Neural Engineering, 2017 (Accepted)


D. Crouch, H. Huang, "Lumped-Parameter Electromyogram-Driven Musculoskeletal Hand Model: A Potential Platform For Real-Time Control", Journal of Biomechanics, 2016 (In press)