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Toward Balance Recovery with Active Leg Prostheses Using Neuromuscular Model Control

Hartmut Geyer, Nitish Thatte and Helei Duan
Conference Paper, in Converging Clinical and Engineering Research on Neurorehabilitation II. Proceedings of the 3rd International Conference on NeuroRehabilitation (ICNR2016), pp. 649 - 652, October, 2016

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Abstract

We seek to improve balance recovery in amputee gait by taking advantage of the advent of active leg prostheses. Toward this goal, we use inspiration from biology to identify reflex-like control strategies that stabilize gait, refine these strategies in simulations of amputee locomotion, and evaluate the resulting controllers in experiments with human subjects wearing custom prototypes of active leg prostheses. Our results so far indicate that reflex-like control can improve balance recovery over existing control strategies used in active leg prostheses. However, further research on the hardware realization of the control is needed to more rigorously evaluate its potential benefit to amputee locomotion.

BibTeX Reference
@conference{Geyer-2016-102694,
author = {Hartmut Geyer and Nitish Thatte and Helei Duan},
title = {Toward Balance Recovery with Active Leg Prostheses Using Neuromuscular Model Control},
booktitle = {in Converging Clinical and Engineering Research on Neurorehabilitation II. Proceedings of the 3rd International Conference on NeuroRehabilitation (ICNR2016)},
year = {2016},
month = {October},
pages = {649 - 652},
publisher = {Springer},
}
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