Lower limb wearable systems for mobility and rehabilitation challenges: Clinical focus

Federica Tamburella, Marcella Masciullo, Iolanda Pisotta, Nevio Luigi Tagliamonte, Marco Molinari

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter


Lower limb exoskeletons (EXOs) may be devised as an ambulation device, as a rehabilitation tool or may be aimed at allowing both objectives. Regarding rehabilitation, it is worth noticing that EXOs also provide a perfect environment for precise assessing of rehabilitation protocols and effects. Different is the case of EXO for mobility, in this area the old wheelchair is still largely winning the challenge. In all functional areas: velocity, safety, portability, acceptance as well as autonomy in the ADL none of today EXOs can compete with the performances of an average wheelchair. EXO usage requires learning, and brain changes associated with tool usage introduce the human in the loop concept, a key aspect of clinical relevance for EXO usage. At present, interesting data on the biological mechanisms and rehabilitation relevance of embodiment are providing hints for guiding rehabilitation. These challenges will be presented from a clinical rehabilitation perspective and expectations and critics discussed.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationBiosystems and Biorobotics
PublisherSpringer International Publishing AG
Number of pages5
Publication statusPublished - Jan 1 2017

Publication series

NameBiosystems and Biorobotics
ISSN (Print)2195-3562
ISSN (Electronic)2195-3570

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Artificial Intelligence
  • Biomedical Engineering
  • Mechanical Engineering


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