We organized a workshop titled Exoskeleton design through optimization and adaptive control at the IEEE RAS International Conference on Humanoid Robots (HUMANOIDS 2017) that were held in Birmingham, UK during November 15-17, 2017. The aim of the workshop was to bridge the gap between optimality principles and adaptive control to create a new generation of […]
Coordinator of SPEXOR.
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The consortium successfully presented the progress of their work at the first review meeting at VU Amsterdam, The Netherlands on October 5, 2017.
In recent work UHEI led efforts towards the modeling of a passive spinal exoskeleton, and simulating the interaction between the human user and the exoskeleton (Millard et al. 2017, Manns et al. 2017, Harant et al. 2017). These results build upon earlier contributions of a dynamic whole body human model which is used as a […]
Ready for use, OBG accomplished the first functional prototype of the musculoskeletal stress monitoring system. Looking forward for research, implementation and validation of the SPEXOR biomechanical models with the prototype.
We defined the required biomechanical output variables and their accuracy for the sensory feedback system. In addition, we identified the set of sensors that best fits this requirement while optimizing feasibility under realistic working conditions.
Work at JSI related to SPEXOR was presented in a newspaper blog Robots tailored for humans published in Slovenian national daily newspaper Delo.
At the end of the first year of SPEXOR, the consortium met at Heidelberg University, Germany on February 13-14, 2017.
In December 2016 we formalized the conceptual design based on the specifications from the requirements workshop. Over the last months, OBG and VUA had an intensive exchange about the used biomechanical models to consider the latest scientific approaches for the monitoring system. We now started with the implementation of the monitoring system.
The team at UHEI developed a dynamic model of the human body. Together with the team at VUA we collected the movement and ground reaction forces of a human subject performing a series of everyday activities. We later used this data to build a multi-body dynamic model of the subject that included detailed models of […]
Based on the meeting between JSI, UHEI and VUA in Amsterdam in October 2016 we formulated a high-level control architecture of the spinal exoskeleton. The architecture will be implemented as a multi-layered system with reactive and model based controllers to meet the necessary ergonomic requirements for LBP prevention and treatment.