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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28814045/across-user-adaptation-for-a-powered-lower-limb-prosthesis
#1
John A Spanias, Ann M Simon, Levi J Hargrove
Pattern recognition algorithms have been used to control powered lower limb prostheses because they are capable of identifying the intent of the amputee user and therefore can provide a method for seamlessly transitioning between the different locomotion modes of the prosthesis. However, one major limitation of current algorithms is that they require subject-specific data from the individual user. These data are difficult and time-consuming to collect and consequently these algorithms do not generalize well across users...
July 2017: IEEE ... International Conference on Rehabilitation Robotics: [proceedings]
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28813998/joint-stiffness-modulation-of-compliant-actuators-for-lower-limb-exoskeletons
#2
Jose Gonzalez-Vargas, Shingo Shimoda, Guillermo Asin-Prieto, Jose L Pons, Juan C Moreno
Lower limb exoskeletons are being used to assist people with movement disorders during activities of daily living or rehabilitation. However, providing a natural interface that automatically adapts to the patient's movement limitations remains an open challenge. In this paper, we present a control implementation that combines a compliant actuator technology with the concept of tacit learning to improve the synchronisation between the exoskeleton and the user during locomotion. We show that this implementation can be effectively used to easily modulate the joint stiffness that is perceived by the user during locomotion...
July 2017: IEEE ... International Conference on Rehabilitation Robotics: [proceedings]
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28813984/a-passive-wrist-with-switchable-stiffness-for-a-body-powered-hydraulically-actuated-hand-prosthesis
#3
Federico Montagnani, Gerwin Smit, Marco Controzzi, Christian Cipriani, Dick H Plettenburg
State of art upper limb prostheses lack several degrees of freedom (DoF) and force the individuals to compensate for them by changing the motions of their arms and body. Such movements often yield to articulation injuries, nonetheless these could be prevented by adding DoFs, for instance, an articulated passive wrist. Available stiff or compliant wrists with passive flexion/extension and/or radial/ulnar deviation are sub-optimal solutions. Indeed, stiff wrists induce the individuals wearing them to perform exaggerated compensatory movements during the reaching phase while compliant wrists proved to be unpractical while manipulating heavy objects...
July 2017: IEEE ... International Conference on Rehabilitation Robotics: [proceedings]
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28813900/mechanical-design-of-efw-exo-ii-a-hybrid-exoskeleton-for-elbow-forearm-wrist-rehabilitation
#4
Hui Bian, Ziye Chen, Hao Wang, Tieshi Zhao
The use of rehabilitation exoskeleton has become an important means for the treatment of stroke patients. A hybrid exoskeleton named EFW Exo II is developed for the motor function rehabilitation of elbow, forearm and wrist. The EFW Exo II is based on a parallel 2-URR/RRS mechanism and a serial R mechanism. It could fit both left and right arms for the symmetrical and open structure, and the distance between the elbow and wrist could automatically adjust for different forearm length. Details of the mechanical design are introduced...
July 2017: IEEE ... International Conference on Rehabilitation Robotics: [proceedings]
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28813892/comparison-of-two-difficulty-adaptation-strategies-for-competitive-arm-rehabilitation-exercises
#5
Maja Gorsic, Ali Darzi, Domen Novak
This paper presents two different strategies for difficulty adaptation in a competitive arm rehabilitation game: a manual adaptation strategy and an automatic performance-based adaptation strategy. The two strategies were implemented in a competitive game controlled with an inertial-sensor-based home rehabilitation device. They were first evaluated with 32 pairs of unimpaired participants, who played the game with manual adaptation, automated adaptation, or no adaptation. Each variant was played for 9 minutes...
July 2017: IEEE ... International Conference on Rehabilitation Robotics: [proceedings]
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28813873/automation-of-motor-dexterity-assessment
#6
Patrick Heyer, Luis R Castrejon, Felipe Orihuela-Espina, Luis Enrique Sucar
Motor dexterity assessment is regularly performed in rehabilitation wards to establish patient status and automatization for such routinary task is sought. A system for automatizing the assessment of motor dexterity based on the Fugl-Meyer scale and with loose restrictions on sensing technologies is presented. The system consists of two main elements: 1) A data representation that abstracts the low level information obtained from a variety of sensors, into a highly separable low dimensionality encoding employing t-distributed Stochastic Neighbourhood Embedding, and, 2) central to this communication, a multi-label classifier that boosts classification rates by exploiting the fact that the classes corresponding to the individual exercises are naturally organized as a network...
July 2017: IEEE ... International Conference on Rehabilitation Robotics: [proceedings]
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28813854/automated-stand-up-and-sit-down-detection-for-robot-assisted-body-weight-support-training-with-the-float
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Mathias Bannwart, Dominique Emst, Chris Easthope, Marc Bolliger, Georg Rauter
Patients with impaired walking function are often dependent on assistive devices to retrain gait and regain independence in life. To provide adequate support, gait rehabilitation devices have to be manually set to the correct support mode or have to recognize the type and starting point of a certain motion automatically. For automated motion type detection, machine learning-based classification algorithms using sensor signals from different body parts can achieve robust performance. However, until today, there is only little work available to detect motion onset...
July 2017: IEEE ... International Conference on Rehabilitation Robotics: [proceedings]
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28813836/development-of-new-rehabilitation-robot-device-that-can-be-attached-to-the-conventional-knee-ankle-foot-orthosis-for-controlling-the-knee-in-individuals-after-stroke
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Kawasaki Shihomi, Ohata Koji, Tsuboyama Tadao, Sawada Yuichi, Higashi Yoshiyuki
This research developed a device that can be attached to the conventional Knee-Ankle-Foot-Orthosis for controlling the knee in individuals after stroke. The device automatically assists the flexion and extension movements of the knee joint at the appropriate timing. We aimed to clarify the effect of this device on gait performance, kinematic pattern and muscle activation during gait. Seventeen participants after stroke were recruited in this study. They walked with this device for 3 minutes, and we measured the 10m gait time, number of steps, knee motion using electric goniometer and muscle activities of lower limbs during gait...
July 2017: IEEE ... International Conference on Rehabilitation Robotics: [proceedings]
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28813829/development-of-an-automatic-rotational-orthosis-for-walking-with-arm-swing
#9
Juan Fang, Guo-Yuan Yang, Le Xie
Interlimb neural coupling is often observed during normal gait and is postulated to be important for gait restoration. In order to provide a testbed for investigation of interlimb neural coupling, we previously developed a rotational orthosis for walking with arm swing (ROWAS). The present study aimed to develop and evaluate the feasibility of a new system, viz. an automatic ROWAS (aROWAS). We developed the mechanical structures of aROWAS in SolidWorks, and implemented the concept in a prototype. Normal gait data from walking at various speeds were used as reference trajectories of the shoulder, hip, knee and ankle joints...
July 2017: IEEE ... International Conference on Rehabilitation Robotics: [proceedings]
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28813808/experimental-evaluation-of-a-semg-based-control-for-elbow-wearable-assistive-devices-during-load-lifting-tasks
#10
Roberto Meattini, Gianluca Palli, Claudio Melchiorri
In this work, a surface skin electromyography(sEMG)-based control solution for elbow wearable assistive devices during load lifting tasks is presented. The goal of the controller consists in limiting the user's muscle activity during the task execution, in such a way that the assistive device can partially compensate the load-related biceps muscle effort. Since sEMG-driven control strategies based on the estimation of the joint torques generally requires complex task- and subject-dependent training sessions for tuning the control algorithms, here a more direct control approach is proposed, based on a muscle activity error related proportional-integral action together with an double-threshold activation logic...
July 2017: IEEE ... International Conference on Rehabilitation Robotics: [proceedings]
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28813716/no-correlation-of-the-disease-severity-of-influenza-a-virus-infection-with-the-rs12252-polymorphism-of-the-interferon-induced-transmembrane-protein-3-gene
#11
Yong-Chan Kim, Byung-Hoon Jeong
The 2009 H1N1 influenza pandemic, which involved a more pathogenic virus than seasonal influenza viruses, rapidly spread around the world and caused many deaths in humans. The members of the interferon-induced transmembrane (IFITM) protein family prevent viral replication and are crucial for defending the host cell against influenza A virus (IAV). Several studies suggest that the CC genotype at the single nucleotide polymorphism (SNP) rs12252 of IFITM3 confers a genetic predisposition to pandemic influenza A in Europeans and Han Chinese, although one study in a British cohort failed to show an association...
August 17, 2017: Intervirology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28813334/the-future-for-pettlep-a-modern-perspective-on-an-effective-and-established-tool
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Dave Collins, Howie J Carson
Over the past 15 years there has been much research into the PETTLEP model of motor imagery, originally designed to improve the quality and impact of imagery interventions on sport performance. This article reviews the most recent trends within this research. Despite a suggested change of underpinning mechanisms involved, there is much support for the positive impact of the model when applied within the sporting context and with engaged participants. The model also appears to have provided impact in fields other than sport, such as medicine and music...
August 2017: Current Opinion in Psychology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28813033/a-vision-based-wayfinding-system-for-visually-impaired-people-using-situation-awareness-and-activity-based-instructions
#13
Eunjeong Ko, Eun Yi Kim
A significant challenge faced by visually impaired people is 'wayfinding', which is the ability to find one's way to a destination in an unfamiliar environment. This study develops a novel wayfinding system for smartphones that can automatically recognize the situation and scene objects in real time. Through analyzing streaming images, the proposed system first classifies the current situation of a user in terms of their location. Next, based on the current situation, only the necessary context objects are found and interpreted using computer vision techniques...
August 16, 2017: Sensors
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28813017/a-wireless-exg-interface-for-patch-type-ecg-holter-and-emg-controlled-robot-hand
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Kwangmuk Lee, Yun Young Choi, Dae Jung Kim, Hee Young Chae, Kyeonghwan Park, Young Min Oh, Sung Hun Woo, Jae Joon Kim
This paper presents a wearable electrophysiological interface with enhanced immunity to motion artifacts. Anti-artifact schemes, including a patch-type modular structure and real-time automatic level adjustment, are proposed and verified in two wireless system prototypes of a patch-type electrocardiogram (ECG) module and an electromyogram (EMG)-based robot-hand controller. Their common ExG readout integrated circuit (ROIC), which is reconfigurable for multiple physiological interfaces, is designed and fabricated in a 0...
August 16, 2017: Sensors
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28812316/literacy-acquisition-influences-children-s-rapid-automatized-naming
#15
Robin L Peterson, Anne B Arnett, Bruce F Pennington, Brian Byrne, Stefan Samuelsson, Richard K Olson
Previous research has established that learning to read improves children's performance on reading-related phonological tasks, including phoneme awareness (PA) and nonword repetition. Few studies have investigated whether literacy acquisition also promotes children's rapid automatized naming (RAN). We tested the hypothesis that literacy acquisition should influence RAN in an international, longitudinal population sample of twins. Cross-lagged path models evaluated the relationships among literacy, PA, and RAN across four time points from pre-kindergarten through grade 4...
August 15, 2017: Developmental Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28812270/oxytocin-and-facial-emotion-recognition
#16
Mark A Ellenbogen
The expression of emotion in faces serves numerous meaningful functions, such as conveying messages of danger or approach, facilitating communication, and promoting the formation of social bonds and relationships. The study of facial expressions of emotion has become integral to research in social psychology and social neuroscience, particularly with respect to the neuropeptide oxytocin. This chapter examines how oxytocin influences the processing of emotion in faces by reviewing intranasal administration studies of automatic processing, selective attention, and emotion recognition...
August 16, 2017: Current Topics in Behavioral Neurosciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28811999/quantitative-analysis-of-epicardial-fat-volume-effects-of-scanning-protocol-and-reproducibility-of-measurements-in-non-contrast-cardiac-ct-vs-coronary-ct-angiography
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Luigia D'Errico, Francesco Salituri, Marco Ciardetti, Riccardo Favilla, Alessandro Mazzarisi, Giuseppe Coppini, Carlo Bartolozzi, Paoli Marraccini
BACKGROUND: Several studies have focused on the role of epicardial fat in the pathogenesis of cardiovascular disease (CVD). The main purpose of the study was to evaluate a computerized method for the quantitative analysis of epicardial fat volume (EFV) by non-contrast cardiac CT (NCT) for coronary calcium scan and coronary CT angiography (coronary CTA). METHODS: Thirty patients (61±12.5 years, 73% male, body mass index (BMI) =25.9±6.3 kg/m(2)) referred to our Institution for suspected coronary artery disease (CAD) underwent NCT and coronary CTA...
June 2017: Quantitative Imaging in Medicine and Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28811816/unicornuate-uterus-with-a-rudimentary-horn-diagnosed-at-scheduled-third-cesarean-section
#18
Serkan Bodur, Ulas Fidan, Mehmet Ferdi Kinci, Kazim Emre Karasahin
A unicornuate uterus with a rudimentary horn is an anomaly caused by defective fusion of the Müllerian duct, estimated to occur in one in 76,000 pregnancies. Life threateningly heavy bleeding is a highly expected clinical consequence of such pregnancies. According to the known literature, only two living twins and few living singleton pregnancies have been reported up to now. Here we report on an incidentally diagnosed unicornuate uterus with a communicating rudimentary horn, found during a cesarean section of a gravida 3, parity 2 (G3 P2) patient...
May 2017: Pakistan Journal of Medical Sciences Quarterly
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28811493/fragile-temporal-prediction-in-patients-with-schizophrenia-is-related-to-minimal-self-disorders
#19
Brice Martin, Nicolas Franck, Michel Cermolacce, Agnès Falco, Anabel Benair, Estelle Etienne, Sébastien Weibel, Jennifer T Coull, Anne Giersch
Patients with schizophrenia have difficulty in making sensory predictions, in the time domain, which have been proposed to be related to self-disorders. However experimental evidence is lacking. We examined both voluntary and automatic forms of temporal prediction in 28 patients and 24 matched controls. A visual cue predicted (temporal cue) or not (neutral cue) the time (400 ms/1000 ms) at which a subsequent target was presented. In both patients and controls, RTs were faster for targets presented after long versus short intervals due to the temporal predictability inherent in the elapse of time ("hazard function")...
August 15, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28811258/category-selective-human-brain-processes-elicited-in-fast-periodic-visual-stimulation-streams-are-immune-to-temporal-predictability
#20
Genevieve L Quek, Bruno Rossion
Recording direct neural activity when periodically inserting exemplars of a particular category in a rapid visual stream of other objects offers an objective and efficient way to quantify perceptual categorization and characterize its spatiotemporal dynamics. However, since periodicity entails predictability, perceptual categorization processes identified within this framework may be partly generated or modulated by temporal expectations. Here we present a stringent test of the hypothesis that temporal predictability generates or modulates category-selective neural processes as measured in a rapid periodic visual stimulation stream...
August 12, 2017: Neuropsychologia
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