Modeling of multi-joint motor systems

J. McIntyre*, F. A. Mussa-Ivaldi, E. Bizzi

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A model of elastic mechanical systems is presented in the form of a network of constraint equations expressing the geometrical relations among component elements and their steady-state mechanical behavior. The model takes into account the nonlinear features of motor system geometry and is used to represent mechanical interactions with the environment as well as to derive appropriate patterns of control input given a wide variety of motor tasks. This approach is applicable to the analysis of biological motor systems. A framework for modeling the mechanical properties of springs and linkages is presented. An example is given where the system is used to model the control of a human arm.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)242-243
Number of pages2
JournalAnnual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology - Proceedings
Volume11 pt 1
StatePublished - Nov 1 1989
EventImages of the Twenty-First Century - Proceedings of the 11th Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society. Part 1 - Seattle, WA, USA
Duration: Nov 9 1989Nov 12 1989

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Signal Processing
  • Biomedical Engineering
  • Computer Vision and Pattern Recognition
  • Health Informatics

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