The field of wearable robotics is growing. Robotic devices such as powered orthotics or exoskeletons for lower-limb gait assistance have the potential to significantly improve mobility for people with lower-limb disorders. Since locomotion is not an energy neutral process, external power sources are needed for such devices to improve the mobility of user. The development of compact lightweight actuators and efficient control algorithms are needed before PPAFO can be used outside of the laboratory environment for treatment and rehabilitation. We will be presenting a portable powered ankle-foot orthosis (PPAFO) including its mechanical design, sensing, and controls aspect.
About the Speaker
Ziming works as a graduate student under Prof. Elizabeth T. Hsiao-Wecksler. He is a master’s student at Human Dynamics and Controls Lab in the Department of Mechanical Science & Engineering at the University of Illinois. His research interests include exoskeleton, assistive devices, embedded systems, and controls.
Host: Professor Sascha Hilgenfeldt