NeuroLab: A multimodal networked exoskeleton for neuromotor and biomechanical research

A. F. Ruiz, E. Rocon, F. Brunetti, L. Bueno, J. C. Moreno, Jose L Pons

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Abstract

NeuroLab refers to an experimental platform designed to enhance studies in human movement and neuro-motor control. The platform comprises a robotic exoskeleton and some other stand-alone devices. All of these components have communication capabilities integrated in hardware and can work cooperatively taking advantage of a networked architecture. A set of experiments have been conducted with NeuroLab. The objective of the trials was to use mechanical perturbations to identify the viscous-elastic properties in human elbow joint and to correlate such mechanical impedance with the electromyographic information of muscles associated to the joint, during a postural task and in a rest position. In each condition, a pseudo-random torque perturbation was applied directly to the arm and to the forearm by mean of an upper limb powered exoskeleton. The angular kinematics (velocity and position), kinetics (torque) and the muscular activation patterns (EMG) in the two main muscles (biceps and triceps brachii) intervening in the elbow flexion-extension movement were recorded.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationBIODEVICES 2008 - Proceedings of the 1st International Conference on Biomedical Electronics and Devices
Pages68-73
Number of pages6
StatePublished - 2008
EventBIODEVICES 2008 - 1st International Conference on Biomedical Electronics and Devices - Funchal, Madeira, Portugal
Duration: Jan 28 2008Jan 31 2008

Publication series

NameBIODEVICES 2008 - Proceedings of the 1st International Conference on Biomedical Electronics and Devices
Volume2

Conference

ConferenceBIODEVICES 2008 - 1st International Conference on Biomedical Electronics and Devices
CountryPortugal
CityFunchal, Madeira
Period1/28/081/31/08

Keywords

  • Biomechanical devices
  • Biorobotics
  • Exoskeletons
  • Health monitoring devices

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Biomedical Engineering
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering

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