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Translational Research Program for Rehabilitation Robots (TRPRR)


Background of TRPRR

  • The rehabilitation robot market is continuously expanding and is expected to be the market value of about $182 million by 2020.
  • To accelerate clinical applications entry of robotic devices into the market of rehabilitation robot and construct the infrastructure.
  • To extend "translational research" to diverse people with disabilities including Public Works Department.
Fig 1. Change of the rehabilitation robot market
        Fig 2. Translational research : Crossing the valley of death

Objective of TRPRR

  • Provides optimal infrastructure for commercialization of rehabilitation robotic devices and for the growth of rehabilitation robot business.
  • Assists the elderly and people with disabilities through translational research on advanced technology.
  • Burgeons market and industries by supporting clinical trials for newly-developed rehabilitation robots and its commercialization process.
Fig 3. Organization of TRPRR

NRC-TRPRR Intramural Projects

  • Supporting intramural research for Translational research infrastructure on National Rehabilitation Center.
Fig 4. Promotion Strategy of intramural Projects

NRC-TRPRR Extramural Projects

  • Supporting extramural research in enterprises, research institute, universities etc for a rehabilitation robot based on existing robot technology to activate clinical entry.
Fig 5. Promotion Strategy of extramural Projects

Rehabilitation Robot Gym: Testbed for Rehabilitation Robots

  • To maximize patient recovery using therapeutic robotics.
  • To initiate to build a scientific basis for the best rehabilitation practice.
  • To share a testbed leading edge technology on the effective robotic rehabilitation.
  • To provide a testbed to enhance clinical productivity.
Fig 6. Rehabilitation Robot Gym
        Fig 7. Major devices on the Rehabilitation Robot Gym

TRPRR's Achievements (2013~Jan 2017) by Intra and Extra-mural Projects

Fig 8. Achievements of TRPRR (2013~Jan 2017)
  • Exo-Glove Soft Wearable Robot for The Hand
    1. Exo-Glove Soft Wearable Robot for The Hand

    Development and commercialization of the soft wearable robot for hand, Seoul National University, 2015

    • Changing material from cloth to polymer. In, H., Kang, B. B., Sin, M., & Cho, K. J. (2015)
    • Exo-Glove: a wearable robot for the hand with a soft tendon routing system. Robotics & Automation Magazine, IEEE, 22(1), 97-105.
  • NRC GT
    2. NRC GT

    Translation research for commercializing a low-price upper and lower limb gait trainer, National Rehabilitation Center (NRC), 2015

    • 4 bar linkage-based drive system Technology transfer from NRC
  • NREX
    3. NREX

    Research on interactive rehabilitation robot focused on gait and upper limb rehabilitation environment, National Rehabilitation Center (NRC), 2015

    • Technology transfer from NRC
    • Cho, K. H., & Song, W. K. (2015). Robot-Assisted Reach Training for Improving Upper Extremity Function of Chronic Stroke. The Tohoku journal of experimental medicine, 237(2), 149-155.


  • The translational research, reverse translational research and clinical research are currently being performed intra- and extra- murally in order to make a synergy.
  • This program pursues boosting of industry related with rehabilitation robots by helping them enter the market.

Statistics Korea, Population Projections (2011) International Federation of Robotics, World Robotics (2009) Nature 453, 840-842 (2008)

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