Max Shepherd

Assistant Professor,  Physical Therapy, Movement and Rehabilitation Sciences
Assistant Professor,  Mechanical and Industrial Engineering

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Research Focus

Prosthetics and wearable robotics design and control, gait rehabilitation, preference optimization, and machine learning

About

Dr. Shepherd is an Assistant Professor with a joint appointment in Mechanical and Industrial Engineering, and Physical Therapy and Rehabilitation. Prior to coming to Northeastern, Dr. Shepherd did his PhD in Biomedical Engineering at Northwestern University while performing his research at the Shirley Ryan AbilityLab, and was a Postdoctoral researcher at Georgia Tech. He has previously worked at X (formerly Google X) and was a visiting scholar at Ossur, an Icelandic prosthetics manufacturer. Dr. Shepherd’s research seeks to improve the individualized design and control of robotic prosthetics and exoskeletons for people with mobility impairments. His research spans gait biomechanics, machine learning, robotics, mechatronic design, and human motor control and perception.

Education

  • PhD, Biomedical Engineering, Northwestern University, 2019
  • MS, Biomedical Engineering, Northwestern University, 2017

Professional Affiliations

  • IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society
  • IEEE Robotics and Automation Society

Research Overview

Prosthetics and wearable robotics design and control, gait rehabilitation, preference optimization, and machine learning

Shepherd Lab: Robotics - Rehabilitation - Locomotion

My lab will focus on designing and controlling wearable robotics (prosthetics and exoskeletons), used to rehabilitate and assist a wide range of patient populations with mobility impairments.

Shepherd Lab: Robotics - Rehabilitation - Locomotion

Department Research Areas

Selected Publications

  • M. Shepherd and E. Rouse. “Comparing Prosthetist and Patient Preferences for Foot Stiffness,” Nature Scientific Reports, 2020
  • M. Shepherd, A. Simon, J. Zisk, L. Hargrove. “Preferred Prosthetic Ankle-Foot Alignment for Level Ground and Ramp Walking,” IEEE Transactions on Neural Systems and Rehabilitation Engineering, 2020.
  • M. Shepherd, A. Azocar, M. Major and E. Rouse. “Amputee Perception of Prosthetic Ankle Stiffness During Locomotion,” Journal of NeuroEngineering and Rehabilitation, 2018.
  • M. Shepherd and E. Rouse. “The VSPA Foot: A Quasi-Passive Ankle-Foot Prosthesis with Continuously Variable Stiffness,” IEEE Transactions on Neural Systems and Rehabilitation Engineering, 2017.
  • M. Shepherd and E. Rouse. “Design and Validation of a Torque-Controllable Knee Exoskeleton for Sit-to-Stand Assistance,” IEEE Transactions on Mechatronics, 2017.
Max Shepherd

Faculty

Jan 03, 2022

New Faculty Spotlight: Max Shepherd

Max Shepherd joins the Mechanical and Industrial Engineering department in January 2022 as an Assistant Professor with a joint appointment in Physical Therapy, Movement and Rehabilitation Sciences.

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