Entries by Jan

Inverse optimal control results for motions of workers with LBP

It is a widespread assumption that motions of humans and animals are carried out in an optimal way due to evolution, learning and training. The behavior under certain circumstances such as pain or fatigue can also be considered as the result of an optimization process. Since most of these optimizations are unintentional and unconscious, the […]

Wearability of the passive exoskeleton

In spite of the remarkable advances in the field of exoskeletons, lack of wearability and ease-of-use is still an important technological barrier that often impedes the acceptability of exoskeletons among the healthy individuals. To overcome this barrier in the design of SPEXOR exoskeleton, we developed a special combination of joints that compensate the misalignment between […]

Evaluation of the passive exoskeleton

We performed a comprehensive evaluation of the new version of our passive SPEXOR exoskeleton, assessing the effect of wearing the exoskeleton on biomechanical loading of the spine, functionality, user satisfaction and self-efficacy. Recruiting employees from load-handling professions we tested participants with and without low back pain. We concluded that we reached beyond the state of […]

Special Issue on Wearable Robotics

We co-organize a Special Issue on Wearable Robotics in IEEE Robotics and Automation Magazine where we call for papers on working systems that are evaluated with human subjects in order to determine the technology’s practical potential and impact on people with disabilities, workers, sportsmen, and others.

Live demonstration at Werob & ICNR 2018

We had a SPEXOR booth at the joint event of Werob 2018 and ICNR 2018 in Pisa, Italy, where we successfully demonstrated the passive version of our prototype to the numerous participants of the conference.

Special sessions at Werob 2018

We organized two special sessions at Werob 2018: Exoskeleton Research in Europe where we brought together researchers from ongoing and recently finished European projects and initiatives on exoskeletons and other wearable orthotic devices. We discussed on how to increase and intensify collaboration and information exchange between the projects and how to make sure that new […]

Keynote and plenary lectures at IROS 2018 and ICNR 2018

Katja Mombaur from UHEI gave a keynote lecture at IROS 2018 in Madrid titled “Realistic models of human motions for better wearable robots” and a plenary lecture at ICNR 2018 in Pisa titled “Optimization-based analysis and design of exoskeletons, prostheses and assistive devices”. In both she extensively discussed modeling and optimization work on spinal exoskeletons […]