A Bioinspired Control Strategy for the CYBERLEGs Knee-Ankle-Foot Orthosis: Feasibility Study with Lower-Limb Amputees

Clara Beatriz Sanz-Morère, Matteo Fantozzi, Andrea Parri, Franchisco Giovacchini, Andrea Baldoni, Simona Crea, Nicola Vitiello

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Abstract

Lower-limb loss is a dramatic event affecting quality of life and often reducing independence. An active Knee-Ankle-Foot Orthosis (KAFO) could represent an assistive tool for lower-limb amputees to reduce the additional metabolic effort resulting from compensatory strategies due to walking with a passive prosthesis. Within the CYBERLEGs project, a novel active KAFO was designed to assist the knee and the ankle joints during ground level walking. In this paper the mechatronic design of the device is presented for the first time. Moreover, the paper presents the control strategy developed to provide knee and ankle assistance and the experimental results with two volunteers with lower-limb amputation. The KAFO was shown to: (i) fulfill all the design functional requirements to comply with range of motion, torque, speed and power; and (ii) provide assistive torque in the most demanding phases of the gait cycle. Tests with end-users showed that the assistive action resulted in physiological profiles of the knee and ankle angles and torques, showing a first proof of feasibility for the presented system. Both subjects reported comfortable interaction with the exoskeleton, but results on the metabolic consumption were not conclusive. This feasibility study will be extended in the future with an optimized controller to further explore the effectiveness of the system.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationBIOROB 2018 - 7th IEEE International Conference on Biomedical Robotics and Biomechatronics
PublisherIEEE Computer Society
Pages503-508
Number of pages6
Volume2018-August
ISBN (Electronic)9781538681831
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Oct 9 2018
Event7th IEEE RAS/EMBS International Conference on Biomedical Robotics and Biomechatronics, BIOROB 2018 - Enschede, Netherlands
Duration: Aug 26 2018Aug 29 2018

Conference

Conference7th IEEE RAS/EMBS International Conference on Biomedical Robotics and Biomechatronics, BIOROB 2018
CountryNetherlands
CityEnschede
Period8/26/188/29/18

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Artificial Intelligence
  • Biomedical Engineering
  • Mechanical Engineering

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