Dr. Reinkensmeyer is interested in biomedical engineering and robotics. He is specifically interested in the area of biomechatronics, or the use of intelligent electromechanical systems to diagnose, treat and support affected functions of the human body.
Dr. Reinkensmeyer's research activities focus on movement control, neuro-rehabilitation and robotics. One of his group's objectives is to develop physically interacting, mechatronic devices ("rehabilitators") to help the nervous system recover movement ability after neurologic injuries such as stroke or spinal cord injury. His group also is working to understand the adaptive control processes that enable motor learning throughout the life span.
Dr. Reinkensmeyer is currently developing a Web-based program for physical rehabilitation after brain injury. Another project focuses on motor adaptation to robot-generated force fields. He also is investigating the use of robot-assisted training to recover locomotion after spinal cord injury, and has developed a tool called the ARM guide for rehabilitation of movement in the arms.