Human-robot interfaces in exoskeletons for gait training after stroke: State of the art and challenges

Claude Lagoda, Juan C. Moreno*, Jose L Pons

*Corresponding author for this work

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Abstract

Robotic rehabilitation of CVA (stroke) survivors is an emerging field. However, the development of effective gait rehabilitation robots used to treat stroke survivors is and remains a challenging task. This article discusses existing approaches and gives an overview of limitations with existing wearable robots. Challenges and potential solutions are being discussed in this article. Most difficulties lie in the implementation of physical and cognitive human robot interfaces. Many issues like actuation principles, control strategies, portability and wearing comfort, such as correct determination of user intention and effective guidance have to be tackled in future designs. Different solutions are being proposed. Clever anthropometric design and smart brain computer interfaces are key factors in effective exoskeleton design.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)193-203
Number of pages11
JournalApplied Bionics and Biomechanics
Volume9
Issue number2
DOIs
StatePublished - 2012

Keywords

  • BCI
  • exoskeleton
  • lower extremities
  • rehabilitation
  • state of the art
  • stroke
  • top-down approach

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Biotechnology
  • Medicine (miscellaneous)
  • Bioengineering
  • Biomedical Engineering

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