Charmayne Hughes

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Dr. Charmayne Mary Lee Hughes is a Health Equity Institute (HEI) Associate Professor of Kinesiology and a faculty member of the Violence, Trauma and Health cluster.

Dr. Hughes completed her PhD in motor behavior with a specialization in motor control from Purdue University in 2010. She previously worked as a senior post-doctoral researcher in the Robotics Research Centre in the Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering at Nanyang Technological University, a senior postdoctoral fellow at the Technical University of Munich, and a post-doctoral fellow in the Neurocognition and Action Research Group, Department of Psychology and Sport Sciences at Bielefeld University. She has also held joint appointments with the Research Institute for Cognition and Robotics (COR-Lab), and the Center of Excellence: Cognitive Interaction Technology (CITEC), both within Bielefeld University.

Her research focuses on elucidating the mechanisms underlying motor planning and control during goal-directed movements in neurologically healthy adults and children. In addition, she examines aspects of motor control in individuals with neurological deficits (e.g., stroke) and applies these results to the development of robotic devices that can improve their rehabilitation trajectories. Dr. Hughes’ work has been widely published in international peer-reviewed journals such as Frontiers in Neuroscience: Neural Technology, IEEE Transactions in Haptics, Brain & Behavior, and Experimental Brain Research.


Selected Publications

Robotic Technology

  • Conto, S., Hughes, C.M.L., & Masia, L. (2016). The role of visual and haptic feedback during dynamically coupled bimanual coordination. IEEE Transactions on Haptics: Special Issue on Haptics in Neuroscience. 9(4), 536-547. DOI: 10.1109/TOH.2016.2609909.
  • Campolo, D., Tommasino, P., Gamage, W.K.C., Klein, J., Hughes, C.M.L., & Masia, L. (2014). H-Man: A planar, H-shape cabled differential robotic manipulandum for experiments on human motor controlJournal of Neuroscience Methods, 235, 285-297. DOI: 10.1016/j.jneumeth.2014.07.003.
  • Marini, F., Contu, S., Hughes, C.M.L., Morasso, P.G. & Masia, L. (2016). Robotic assessment of manual asymmetries in unimanual and bimanual wrist joint position sense.  In 2016 6th IEEE International Conference on Biomedical Robotics and Biomechatronics (BioRob), pp. 912-917. IEEE. DOI: 10.1109/BIOROB.2016.7523744.
  • Hussain, A., Dailey, W., Hughes, C., Tommasino, P., Budhota, A., Gamage, W. G., ... & Campolo, D. (2015, September). Preliminary feasibility study of the H-Man planar robot for quantitative motor assessment. In Intelligent Robots and Systems (IROS), 2015 IEEE/RSJ International Conference on (pp. 6167-6172). IEEE
  • Tommasino, P., Hussain, A., Budhota, A., Hughes, C.M.L., Dailey, W., & Campolo, D. (2015). ‘Feel the Painting’: A clinician-friendly approach to programming planar force fields for haptic devices. In IEEE International Conference on Rehabilitation Robotics (ICORR), pp.163-168. DOI: 10.1109/ICORR.2015.7281193.
  • Hussain, A., Tommasino, P., Hughes, C.M.L., Gamage, W., Dailey, W., Burdet, E., & Campolo, D. (2014). Technology intervention in neurorehabilitation – A practical approach to teaching. In 6th International Conference on Robotics in Education (RiE), pp. 116-119.
  • Tommasino, P., Gamage, W., Masia, L., Hughes, C.M.L., & Campolo, D. (2014). A novel robot for arm motor therapy with homogeneous mechanical properties. In 2014 13th International Conference on Control Automation Robotics & Vision (ICARCV), pp.1292-1297. DOI: 10.1109/ICARCV.2014.7064502.

Stroke Assessment and Rehabilitation

  • Gulde, P., Hughes, C.M.L., & Hermsdörfer, J. (2017). Effects of stroke on ipsilesional end-effector kinematics in a multi-step activity of daily living. Frontiers in Human Neuroscience. DOI: 10.3389/fnhum.2017.00042.
  • Marini, F., Squeri, V. Hughes, C.M.L., Doglio, L., Sandid, G., Moretti, P., Morasso, P., & Masia, L. (2017). Robotic wrist training after stroke: Adaptive modulation of assistance in pediatric rehabilitation. Robotics and Autonomous Systems: Special Issue on Human-oriented Approaches for Assistive and Rehabilitation Robotics, 91, 169-178. DOI: 10.1016/j.robot.2017.01.006.
  • Hussain, A., Budhota, A., Hughes, C.M.L., Dailey, W., Vishwanath, D.A., Kuah, C., Yam, L.H.H., Loh, Y.J., Xiang, L., & Chua, K., Burdet, E., & Campolo, D. & Campolo, D. (2016). Self-paced reaching after stroke: A quantitative assessment of longitudinal and directional sensitivity using the H-Man planar robot for upper limb neurorehabilitation. Frontiers in Neuroscience, Neural Technology, 10, 447. DOI:10.3389/fnins.2016.00477.
  • Bieńkiewicz, M.M.N., Brandi, M-L., Hughes, C.M.L., Voitl, A. & Hermsdörfer, J. (2015). The complex relationship between neuropsychological deficits and impairment in everyday tasks after stroke. Brain and Behavior, 5(10), e00371. DOI: 10.1002/brb3.371.
  • Hughes, C.M.L., Tommasino, P., Budhota, A., & Campolo, D. (2015). Upper extremity proprioception in healthy aging and stroke populations, and the effects of therapist- and robot-based rehabilitation therapies on proprioceptive function. Frontiers in Human Neuroscience, 9, 15. DOI: 10.3389/fnhum.2015.00120.
  • Bieńkiewicz, M.M.N., Brandi, M-L., Goldenberg, G., Hughes, C.M.L., Hermsdörfer, J. (2014). The tool in the brain: Apraxia in ADL. Behavioural and neurological correlates of apraxia in daily living. Frontiers in Psychology, 5, 353. DOI: 10.3389/fpsyg.2014.00353.
  • Hughes, C.M.L., Baber, C., Bienkiewicz, M., Hazel, A., Worthington, A., & Hermsdörfer, J. (2014). The application of SHERPA (Systematic Human Error Reduction and Prediction Approach) in the development of compensatory cognitive rehabilitation strategies for stroke patients with left and right brain damage. Ergonomics, 15, 1-21. DOI: 10.1080/00140139.2014.957735.
  • Cogollor Delgado, J.M., Hughes, C.M.L., Ferre, M., Rojo, J. Hermsdörfer, J., Wing, A.M., & Campo, S. (2012). Handmade task tracking applied to cognitive rehabilitation. MDPI Sensors, 12, 14214-14231.


Motor Planning and Control

  • Stöckel, T., & Hughes, C.M.L. (2016). The relation between measures of cognitive and motor functioning in 5- to 6-year-old children. Psychological Research, 80(4), 543-554.  DOI: 10.1007/s00426-015-0662-0.
  • Stöckel, T., & Hughes, C.M.L. (2015). Effects of multiple planning constraints on the development of grasp posture planning in 6- to 10-year-old children. Developmental Psychology, 51(9), 1254 -1261. DOI: 10.1037/a0039506.
  • Seegelke, C., Hughes, C.M.L., Knoblauch, A., & Schack, T. (2015). The influence of reducing intermediate target constraints on grasp posture planning during a three-segment object manipulation task. Experimental Brain Research, 233, 529-538. DOI: 10.1007/s00221-014-4133-4.
  • Seegelke, C., Hughes, C.M.L., & Schack, T. (2014). Manual (a)symmetries in grasp posture planning: A short review. Frontiers in Psychology, 5, 1480. DOI: 10.3389/fpsyg.2014.01480.
  • Hughes, C.M.L., Seegelke, C., & Reißig, P. (2014). Problems in planning bimanually incongruent grasp postures relate to simultaneous response specification processes. Brain and Cognition, 87, 2-29. DOI:10.1016/j.bandc.2014.02.010.
  • Seegelke, C., Hughes, C.M.L., & Schack, T. (2013). Simulating my own or others action plans? Motor representations, not visual representations, are recalled in motor memory.  PLoS ONE. 8(12): e84662. DOI:10.1371/journal.pone.0084662.
  • Seegelke, C., Hughes, C.M.L., Knoblauch, A., & Schack, T. (2013). Grasp posture planning during multi-segment object manipulation tasks – Interaction between cognitive and biomechanical factors. Acta Psychologica, 144, 513-521. DOI:
  • Hughes, C.M.L., & Seegelke, C. (2013). Perturbations in action goals during bimanual grasp posture planning. Journal of Motor Behavior45(6), 473-476.
  • Hughes, C.M.L., Seegelke, C., Spiegel, M.A., Oehmichen, C., Hammes, J., & Schack, T. (2012). Corrections in grasp posture in response to modifications of action goals. PLoS ONE, 7(9): e43015. DOI:10.1371/journal.pone.0043015.
  • Hughes, C.M.L., Seegelke, C., Reißig, P., & Schütz, C. (2012). Effects of stimulus cueing on bimanual grasp posture planning. Experimental Brain Research, 219(3), 391-401. DOI: 10.1007/s00221-012-3100-1.
  • Stöckel, T., Hughes, C.M.L., & Schack, T. (2012). Representation of postures and anticipatory motor planning in children. Psychological Research, 76(6), 768-776. DOI 10.1007/s00426-011-0387-7.



  • KIN 636: Neuromotor Control Processes
  • KIN 699: Independent Study
  • KIN 899: Independent Study