Mechatronics and Haptic Interfaces Lab
Dr. O’Malley is the Associate Dean for Research and Innovation at Rice University, George R. Brown School of Engineering, the Thomas Michael Panos Family Professor in Mechanical Engineering and Special Advisor to the Provost on Education and Research Initiatives for Collaborative Health. Her research addresses issues that arise when humans physically interact with robotic systems, with a focus on training and rehabilitation in virtual environments. The main goal of this research is to develop and demonstrate an adaptive training algorithm based on the display of artificial force cues within a simulated environment. These cues, displayed via an arm exoskeleton haptic feedback device, will convey additional information to the trainee beyond the physical laws that govern the simulated environment, such as desired trajectories within the environment, desired exploration speeds, and suitable interaction forces during task completion. The adaptive training algorithm will tune itself based on the individual’s performance.