Benchmarking lower limb wearable robots: Emerging approaches and technologies

Diego Torricelli, Antonio J. Del Ama, Jose Gonzalez, Juan Moreno, Angel Gil, Jose L Pons

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Abstract

Lower limb wearable robots are entering an exciting era. An increasing number of solutions are moving out of the lab, approaching the everyday rehabilitation practice and home-based assistive scenarios. In this context, the quantitative assessment of the technology is crucial for its correct inclusion in the market. Nevertheless, the tool normally used to support this process, i.e. benchmarking, hasn't been formulated yet in the wearable robotics field. Within the European projects H2R and Biomot we are developing a scheme for the definition of benchmarks specifically designed for wearable robot devices. This scheme takes into account two main perspectives, named "functional" and "interaction". The functional perspective aims at evaluating the stability, efficiency and correctness of motion of the global system constituted by the patient wearing the robot. The interaction perspective aims at evaluating the symbiotic interplay between the user and the device, under the physical, cognitive, and psychophysiological standpoints. In addition, we also identify the critical role of the technology in the process of bringing benchmarks into the everyday laboratory practice, with a specific focus on the emerging measurement and perturbing solutions.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publication8th ACM International Conference on PErvasive Technologies Related to Assistive Environments, PETRA 2015 - Proceedings
PublisherAssociation for Computing Machinery, Inc
ISBN (Electronic)9781450334525
DOIs
StatePublished - Jul 1 2015
Event8th ACM International Conference on PErvasive Technologies Related to Assistive Environments, PETRA 2015 - Corfu, Greece
Duration: Jul 1 2015Jul 3 2015

Publication series

Name8th ACM International Conference on PErvasive Technologies Related to Assistive Environments, PETRA 2015 - Proceedings

Other

Other8th ACM International Conference on PErvasive Technologies Related to Assistive Environments, PETRA 2015
CountryGreece
CityCorfu
Period7/1/157/3/15

Keywords

  • Benchmarks
  • Exoskeletons
  • Functional evaluation
  • Lower limb
  • Rehabilitation

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Software
  • Computer Science Applications

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    Torricelli, D., Del Ama, A. J., Gonzalez, J., Moreno, J., Gil, A., & Pons, J. L. (2015). Benchmarking lower limb wearable robots: Emerging approaches and technologies. In 8th ACM International Conference on PErvasive Technologies Related to Assistive Environments, PETRA 2015 - Proceedings [a51] (8th ACM International Conference on PErvasive Technologies Related to Assistive Environments, PETRA 2015 - Proceedings). Association for Computing Machinery, Inc. https://doi.org/10.1145/2769493.2769589