Inseung Kang, Ph.D.

Hi! My name is Inseung Kang. I'm currently a postdoctoral associate in the Department of Brain and Cognitive Sciences at MIT working with Dr. Nidhi Seethapathi (Seethapathi Motor Control Lab). Here, I'm working on developing predictive models of human movement and understanding how humans adapt to new locomotor tasks. Particularly, I'm using reinforcement learning, dynamics, and control to tackle this problem.

Before joining MIT, I worked with Dr. Aaron Young (Exoskeleton and Prosthetic Intelligent Controls (EPIC) Lab) at Georgia Institute of Technology where I received my BS, MS, and PhD in mechanical engineering. I largely worked on developing different control frameworks for robotic exoskeletons. My research portfolio is fairly diverse, ranging from designing versatile mechatronic platforms to developing robust machine learning-based models. Generally, my work revolves around a better understanding of human movements and designing wearable devices that allow for improved human mobility. My long-term research goal is to develop wearable interventions that are of good value to people with limited mobility.

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Research

I'm interested in Robotics, Control, Machine Learning, Motor Learning, Optimization, and Biomechanics. Much of my research explores how to optimize control strategies for maximizing human outcome measures when using wearable systems such as robotic exoskeletons. Mainly, I tackle these research questions by developing advanced inferences that can estimate and predict the user's intent during locomotion.

Wearable Sensor-Based Step Length Estimation During Overground Locomotion Using a Deep Convolutional Neural Network
Heejoo Jin, Inseung Kang, Gayeon Choi, Dean Molinaro, Aaron Young
International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society (EMBC), 2021 Link

Effect of Assistance Timing in Knee Extensor Muscle Activation During Sit-to-Stand Using a Bilateral Robotic Knee Exoskeleton
Gayeon Choi, Dawit Lee, Inseung Kang, Aaron Young
International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society (EMBC), 2021 Link

Biomechanical Comparison of Assistance Strategies Using a Bilateral Robotic Knee Exoskeleton
Dawit Lee, Bailey McLain, Inseung Kang, Aaron Young
IEEE Transactions on Biomedical Engineering, 2021 Link

Real-Time Gait Phase Estimation for Robotic Hip Exoskeleton Control During Multimodal Locomotion
Inseung Kang, Dean Molinaro, Srijan Duggal, Yanrong Chen, Pratik Kunapuli, Aaron Young
IEEE Robotics and Automation Letters, 2021 Link

Real-Time User-Independent Slope Prediction Using Deep Learning for Modulation of Robotic Knee Exoskeleton Assistance
Dawit Lee, Inseung Kang, Dean Molinaro, Alexander Yu, Aaron Young
IEEE Robotics and Automation Letters, 2021 Link

Continuous locomotion mode classification using a powered bilateral hip exoskeleton
Inseung Kang, Dean Molinaro, Gayeon Choi, Aaron Young
IEEE International Conference on Biomedical Robotics and Mechatronics (BioRob), 2020 Link

Biological Hip Torque Estimation using a Robotic Hip Exoskeleton
Dean Molinaro, Inseung Kang, Jonathan Camargo, Aaron Young
IEEE International Conference on Biomedical Robotics and Mechatronics (BioRob), 2020 Link

Investigating the Impact of the User Interface for a Powered Hip Orthosis on Metabolic Cost and User Comfort: A Preliminary Study
Seung Eun Lee, Claire Kilpatrick, Inseung Kang, Hsiang Hsu, Lee Childers, Aaron Young
Journal of Prosthetics and Orthotics, 2020 Link

The Exoskeleton Expansion: Improving Walking and Running Economy
Gregory Sawicki, Owen Beck, Inseung Kang, Aaron Young
Journal of NeuroEngineering and Rehabilitation, 2020 Link

Effects of Assistance During Early Stance Phase Using a Robotic Knee Orthosis on Energetics, Muscle Activity, and Joint Mechanics During Incline and Decline Walking
Dawit Lee, Eun Chan Kwak, Bailey McLain, Inseung Kang, Aaron Young
IEEE Transactions on Neural Systems and Rehabilitation Engineering, 2020 Link

Real-Time Neural Network-Based Gait Phase Estimation Using a Robotic Hip Exoskeleton
Inseung Kang, Pratik Kunapuli, Aaron Young
IEEE Transactions on Medical Robotics and Bionics, 2019 Link

Electromyography (EMG) Signal Contributions in Speed and Slope Estimation Using Robotic Exoskeletons
Inseung Kang, Pratik Kunapuli, Aaron Young
IEEE International Conference on Rehabilitation Robotics (ICORR), 2019 Link

A Semi-Wearable Robotic Device for Sit-to-Stand Assistance
Hao Zheng, Tao Shen, Md Rayhan Afsar, Inseung Kang, Aaron Young, Xiangrong Shen
IEEE International Conference on Rehabilitation Robotics (ICORR), 2019 Link

The Effect of Hip Assistance Levels on Human Energetic Cost Using Robotic Hip Exoskeletons
Inseung Kang, Hsiang Hsu, Aaron Young
IEEE Robotics and Automations Letters, 2019 Link

Design and Validation of a Torque Controllable Hip Exoskeleton for Walking Assistance
Inseung Kang, Hsiang Hsu, Aaron Young
ASME Dynamic Systems and Control Conference, 2018 Link

Design and Evaluation of a Proportional Myoelectric Controller for Hip Exoskeleton During Normal Walking
Hsiang Hsu, Inseung Kang, Aaron Young
ASME Dynamic Systems and Control Conference, 2018 Link

An Integrated Design Approach for Infill Patterning of Fused Deposition Modeling and its Application to an Airfoil
Seokpum Kim, Xiang Chen, Gregory Dreifus, John Lindahl, Inseung Kang, Jung-Hyun Kim, Mohamed Selim, David Nuttall, Andrew Messing, Andrzej Nycz, Robert Minneci, Kenneth Stephenson, John Bowers, Brittany Braswell, Byron Pipes, Ahmed Arabi Hassen, Vlastimil Kunc
SAMPE Conference, 2017 Link



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