Ben Shafer

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Ph.D. Student, Robotics, Georgia Institute of Technology (Fall 2019 – Present)
B.S. Biomedical Engineering and Kinesiology, University of Maryland

Ben is an NSF ARMS (Accessibility, Rehabilitation, and Movement Science) trainee in the Robotics PhD program. Co-advised by Dr. Young and Dr. Sawicki, he currently conducts research using an exoskeleton and prosthetic emulation system, specializing in the hip exoskeleton end-effector (HipEE). He is hoping to use this platform to optimize assistance patterns to understand how to assist people during locomotion and why certain types of assistance are better than others. Outside of the lab, Ben enjoys rock-climbing, racquetball, eating at Atlanta’s plethora of unique restaurants, concerts, and food/beer festivals. If there’s something fun to be done, you can count him in. 

Projects:

Optimization of Hip Exoskeleton Control and Physiological Outcomes