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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28814042/portable-haptic-device-for-lower-limb-amputee-gait-feedback-assessing-static-and-dynamic-perceptibility
#1
M A B Husman, H F Maqbool, M I Awad, A A Dehghani-Sanij
Loss of joints and severed sensory pathway cause reduced mobility capabilities in lower limb amputees. Although prosthetic devices attempt to restore normal mobility functions, lack of awareness and control of limb placement increase the risk of falling and causing amputee to have high level of visual dependency. Haptic feedback can serve as a cue for gait events during ambulation thus providing sense of awareness of the limb position. This paper presents a wireless wearable skin stretch haptic device to be fitted around the thigh region...
July 2017: IEEE ... International Conference on Rehabilitation Robotics: [proceedings]
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28814035/decoding-of-individual-finger-movements-from-surface-emg-signals-using-vector-autoregressive-hierarchical-hidden-markov-models-varhhmm
#2
Nebojsa Malesevic, Dimitrije Markovic, Gunter Kanitz, Marco Controzzi, Christian Cipriani, Christian Antfolk
In this paper we present a novel method for predicting individual fingers movements from surface electromyography (EMG). The method is intended for real-time dexterous control of a multifunctional prosthetic hand device. The EMG data was recorded using 16 single-ended channels positioned on the forearm of healthy participants. Synchronously with the EMG recording, the subjects performed consecutive finger movements based on the visual cues. Our algorithm could be described in following steps: extracting mean average value (MAV) of the EMG to be used as the feature for classification, piece-wise linear modeling of EMG feature dynamics, implementation of hierarchical hidden Markov models (HHMM) to capture transitions between linear models, and implementation of Bayesian inference as the classifier...
July 2017: IEEE ... International Conference on Rehabilitation Robotics: [proceedings]
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28814032/studying-the-implementation-of-iterative-impedance-control-for-assistive-hand-rehabilitation-using-an-exoskeleton
#3
T Martineau, R Vaidyanathan
A positive training synergy can be obtained when two individuals attempt to learn the same motor task while mechanically coupled to one another. In this paper, we have studied how mimicking this interaction through impedance control can be exploited to improve assistance delivered by hand exoskeleton devices during rehabilitation. In this context, the machine and user take complementary roles akin to two coupled individuals. We present the derivation of a dynamic model of the human hand for the purpose of controller development for new hand exoskeleton platforms...
July 2017: IEEE ... International Conference on Rehabilitation Robotics: [proceedings]
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28814024/feedback-control-of-functional-electrical-stimulation-for-arbitrary-upper-extremity-movements
#4
Reza Sharif Razavian, Borna Ghannadi, John McPhee
Functional electrical stimulation (FES) is a type of neuroprosthesis in which muscles are stimulated by electrical pulses in order to compensate for the loss of voluntary movement control. Modulating the stimulation intensities to reliably generate movements is a challenging control problem. For the first time, this paper presents a feedback controller for FES to control arm movements in a 2D (table-top) task space. This feedback controller is based on a recent human motor control model, which uses muscle synergies to simplify the calculations and improve control performance...
July 2017: IEEE ... International Conference on Rehabilitation Robotics: [proceedings]
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28814022/estimating-anatomical-wrist-joint-motion-with-a-robotic-exoskeleton
#5
Chad G Rose, Claudia K Kann, Ashish D Deshpande, Marcia K O'Malley
Robotic exoskeletons can provide the high intensity, long duration targeted therapeutic interventions required for regaining motor function lost as a result of neurological injury. Quantitative measurements by exoskeletons have been proposed as measures of rehabilitative outcomes. Exoskeletons, in contrast to end effector designs, have the potential to provide a direct mapping between human and robot joints. This mapping rests on the assumption that anatomical axes and robot axes are aligned well, and that movement within the exoskeleton is negligible...
July 2017: IEEE ... International Conference on Rehabilitation Robotics: [proceedings]
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28814019/stiffness-control-of-a-nylon-twisted-coiled-actuator-for-use-in-mechatronic-rehabilitation-devices
#6
Brandon P R Edmonds, Ana Luisa Trejos
Mechatronic rehabilitation devices, especially wearables, have been researched extensively and proven to be promising additions to physical therapy, but most designs utilize traditional actuators providing unnatural, robot-like movements. Therefore, many researchers have focused on the development of actuators that mimic biological properties to provide patients with improved results, safety, and comfort. Recently, a twisted-coiled actuator (TCA) made from nylon thread has been found to possess many of these important properties when heated, such as variable stiffness, flexibility, and high power density...
July 2017: IEEE ... International Conference on Rehabilitation Robotics: [proceedings]
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28814018/time-varying-impedance-of-the-human-ankle-in-the-sagittal-and-frontal-planes-during-straight-walk-and-turning-steps
#7
Evandro M Ficanha, Guilherme A Ribeiro, Lauren Knop, Mo Rastgaar
This paper describes the methods and experiment protocols for estimation of the human ankle impedance during turning and straight line walking. The ankle impedance of two human subjects during the stance phase of walking in both dorsiflexion plantarflexion (DP) and inversion eversion (IE) were estimated. The impedance was estimated about 8 axes of rotations of the human ankle combining different amounts of DP and IE rotations, and differentiating among positive and negative rotations at 5 instants of the stance length (SL)...
July 2017: IEEE ... International Conference on Rehabilitation Robotics: [proceedings]
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28814001/design-of-an-energy-efficient-transfemoral-prosthesis-using-lockable-parallel-springs-and-electrical-energy-transfer
#8
Francois Heremans, Renaud Ronsse
Over the last decade, active lower-limb prostheses demonstrated their ability to restore a normal gait for transfemoral amputees by supplying the required positive energy balance [1]. However, the added-value of such devices is significantly impacted by their limited energetic autonomy preventing their full appropriation by the patients. There is thus a strong incentive to reduce the overall power consumption of active prostheses. Addressing this need requires to revisit the electromechanical design. For both the ankle and the knee, the present paper demonstrates that both the use of a lockable parallel spring and the transfer of electrical energy between joints can significantly improve the energetic performance for overground walking...
July 2017: IEEE ... International Conference on Rehabilitation Robotics: [proceedings]
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28814000/preliminary-study-of-a-robotic-foot-ankle-prosthesis-with-active-alignment
#9
Andrew K LaPre, Ryan D Wedge, Brian R Umberger, Frank C Sup
Robotic prosthetic foot-ankle prostheses typically aim to replace the lost joint with revolute joints aimed at replicating normal joint biomechanics. In this paper, a previously developed robotic ankle prosthesis with active alignment is evaluated. It uses a four-bar mechanism to inject positive power into the gait cycle while altering the kinematics of the ankle joint and pylon segment to reduce loading on the residual limb. In a single-subject biomechanics analysis, there was a 10% reduction in peak limb pressures and evidence of greater gait symmetry in ground reaction forces when active alignment was implemented compared to walking with the daily use prosthesis...
July 2017: IEEE ... International Conference on Rehabilitation Robotics: [proceedings]
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28813938/online-sparse-gaussian-process-based-human-motion-intent-learning-for-an-electrically-actuated-lower-extremity-exoskeleton
#10
Yi Long, Zhi-Jiang Du, Chao-Feng Chen, Wei Dong, Wei-Dong Wang
The most important step for lower extremity exoskeleton is to infer human motion intent (HMI), which contributes to achieve human exoskeleton collaboration. Since the user is in the control loop, the relationship between human robot interaction (HRI) information and HMI is nonlinear and complicated, which is difficult to be modeled by using mathematical approaches. The nonlinear approximation can be learned by using machine learning approaches. Gaussian Process (GP) regression is suitable for high-dimensional and small-sample nonlinear regression problems...
July 2017: IEEE ... International Conference on Rehabilitation Robotics: [proceedings]
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28813907/position-and-stiffness-modulation-of-a-wrist-haptic-device-using-myoelectric-interface
#11
Chris Wilson Antuvan, Lorenzo Masia
Modulation of stiffness provides a great deal of advantage in the way humans interact with the environment, and is very important in successfully performing activities of daily living. In the context of human-machine interactions, stiffness control could provide a safer interaction, especially when dealing with unpredictable environment. In this paper we propose a user-modulated stiffness and position control for the wrist flexion/extension degree of freedom while physically coupled to a haptic device. A virtual position tracking experiment in a varying external force field is designed in order to test the performance of the control strategy with and without co-contraction techniques...
July 2017: IEEE ... International Conference on Rehabilitation Robotics: [proceedings]
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28813905/design-and-characterization-of-the-openwrist-a-robotic-wrist-exoskeleton-for-coordinated-hand-wrist-rehabilitation
#12
Evan Pezent, Chad G Rose, Ashish D Deshpande, Marcia K O'Malley
Robotic devices have been clinically verified for use in long duration and high intensity rehabilitation needed for motor recovery after neurological injury. Targeted and coordinated hand and wrist therapy, often overlooked in rehabilitation robotics, is required to regain the ability to perform activities of daily living. To this end, a new coupled hand-wrist exoskeleton has been designed. This paper details the design of the wrist module and several human-related considerations made to maximize its potential as a coordinated hand-wrist device...
July 2017: IEEE ... International Conference on Rehabilitation Robotics: [proceedings]
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28813902/hybrid-position-and-orientation-tracking-for-a-passive-rehabilitation-table-top-robot
#13
K K Wojewoda, P R Culmer, J F Gallagher, A E Jackson, M C Levesley
This paper presents a real time hybrid 2D position and orientation tracking system developed for an upper limb rehabilitation robot. Designed to work on a table-top, the robot is to enable home-based upper-limb rehabilitative exercise for stroke patients. Estimates of the robot's position are computed by fusing data from two tracking systems, each utilizing a different sensor type: laser optical sensors and a webcam. Two laser optical sensors are mounted on the underside of the robot and track the relative motion of the robot with respect to the surface on which it is placed...
July 2017: IEEE ... International Conference on Rehabilitation Robotics: [proceedings]
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28813885/the-effect-of-robot-dynamics-on-smoothness-during-wrist-pointing
#14
Andrew Erwin, Evan Pezent, Joshua Bradley, Marcia K O'Malley
The improvement of movement smoothness over the course of therapy is one of the positive outcomes observed during robotic rehabilitation. Although movements are generally robust to disturbances, certain perturbations might disrupt an individual's ability to produce these smooth movements. In this paper, we explore how a rehabilitation robot's inherent dynamics impact movement smoothness during pointing tasks. Able-bodied participants made wrist pointing movements under four different operating conditions. Despite the relative transparency of the device, inherent dynamic characteristics negatively impacted movement smoothness...
July 2017: IEEE ... International Conference on Rehabilitation Robotics: [proceedings]
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28813863/comparison-of-kinematic-and-emg-parameters-between-unassisted-fixed-and-adaptive-stiffness-robotic-assisted-ankle-movements-in-post-stroke-subjects
#15
Juan C Perez-Ibarra, Adriano A G Siqueira
In this paper, we present an assist-as-needed scheme that effectively adapted the assistance provided by an ankle rehabilitation robot according to patient's participation and performance during therapeutic movements. We performed an error-based estimation of the ankle impedance as a valid measure of the patient participation. Then, we computed the amount of robotic assistance by three steps: normalization of the combined patient-robot stiffness, optimization of patientrobot interaction, and finally, adaptation of the level of the robotic assistance according to patient's performance while playing a serious game...
July 2017: IEEE ... International Conference on Rehabilitation Robotics: [proceedings]
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28813832/design-and-experimental-evaluation-of-a-lightweight-high-torque-and-compliant-actuator-for-an-active-ankle-foot-orthosis
#16
Marta Moltedo, Tomislav Bacek, Kevin Langlois, Karen Junius, Bram Vanderborght, Dirk Lefeber
The human ankle joint plays a crucial role during walking. At the push-off phase the ankle plantarflexors generate the highest torque among the lower limb joints during this activity. The potential of the ankle plantarflexors is affected by numerous pathologies and injuries, which cause a decrease in the ability of the subject to achieve a natural gait pattern. Active orthoses have shown to have potential in assisting these subjects. The design of such robots is very challenging due to the contrasting design requirements of wearability (light weight and compact) and high torques capacity...
July 2017: IEEE ... International Conference on Rehabilitation Robotics: [proceedings]
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28813790/position-and-torque-control-via-rehabilitation-robot-and-functional-electrical-stimulation
#17
Christian A Cousin, Courtney A Rouse, Victor H Duenas, Warren E Dixon
Two common rehabilitation therapies for individuals possessing neurological conditions are functional electrical stimulation (FES) and robotic assistance. This paper focuses on combining the two rehabilitation strategies for use on the biceps brachii muscle group. FES is used to elicit muscle contractions to actuate the forearm and a rehabilitation robot is used to challenge the muscle group in its efforts. Two controllers were developed and implemented to accomplish the multifaceted objective, both of which achieve global exponential stability for position and torque tracking as proven through a Lyapunov stability analysis...
July 2017: IEEE ... International Conference on Rehabilitation Robotics: [proceedings]
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28813465/long-term-persistent-infection-of-hpv-16-e6-up-regulate-sp1-and-htert-by-inhibiting-lkb1-in-lung-cancer-cells
#18
Jing-Hua Yang, Xiao-Yan Li, Xin Wang, Wei-Jian Hou, Xue-Shan Qiu, En-Hua Wang, Guang-Ping Wu
HPV 16 E6 upregulates hTERT expression in lung cancer cells. However, the underlying molecular mechanism is unclear. In this paper, E6, LKB1, SP1, and hTERT mRNA expression levels were detected in brushing cells of patients with lung cancer (n = 106) and with benign lung disease (n = 68) by qRT-PCR. The mRNA expression levels of E6, SP1, and hTERT were significantly increased in the malignant group compared with the benign group (P < 0.01). Conversely, the mRNA expression level of LKB1 was significantly decreased in the malignant group (P < 0...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28813358/crisis-transitions-in-athletes-current-emphases-on-cognitive-and-contextual-factors
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REVIEW
Natalia B Stambulova
During the last decade, the field of athlete career research has seen much expansion. Researchers established the holistic lifespan and ecological approaches, introduced cultural praxis of athletes' careers paradigm, and updated the taxonomy of athletes' transitions. However, recent transition research focused mainly on the transition process and factors contributing to successful transitions, while crisis-transitions and factors contributing to ineffective coping have been largely ignored. The aim of this paper is to facilitate relevant research and practice through (1) positioning athletes' developmental crises within the context of the current transition literature, (2) introducing two new approaches (termed 'cognitive turn' and 'cultural turn') with a potential to enhance our understanding of the phenomenon, and (3) outlining crisis-coping interventions...
August 2017: Current Opinion in Psychology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28813293/effects-of-relationship-functioning-on-the-biological-experience-of-stress-and-physical-health
#20
REVIEW
Allison K Farrell, Jeffry A Simpson
In this paper, we outline how relationship functioning affects the biological experience of stress and its consequences for physical health. Negative relationship perceptions and processes, such as attachment insecurity, hostility, and frequent conflict, tend to heighten stress responses and generate worse health over time, whereas positive relationship perceptions and processes, such as responsiveness, support, and intimacy, are generally associated with reduced or buffered stress responses and improved health (with some caveats)...
February 2017: Current Opinion in Psychology
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