Anticipatory muscle responses in transitions from rigid to compliant surfaces: Towards smart ankle-foot prostheses

Emiliano Quinones Yumbla, Ruby Afriyie Obeng, Jeffrey Ward, Thomas Sugar, Panagiotis Artemiadis

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Abstract

Locomotion is paramount in enabling human beings to effectively respond in space and time to meet different needs. There are 2 million Americans living with an amputation and the majority of those amputations are of the lower limbs. Although current powered prostheses can accommodate walking, and in some cases running, basic functions like hiking or walking on various non-rigid or dynamic terrains are requirements that have yet to be met. This paper focuses on the mechanisms involved during human locomotion, while transitioning from rigid to compliant surfaces such as from pavement to sand, grass or granular media. Utilizing a unique tool, the Variable Stiffness Treadmill (VST), as the platform for human locomotion, rigid to compliant surface transitions are simulated. The analysis of muscular activation during the transition from rigid to compliant surfaces reveals specific anticipatory muscle activation that precedes stepping on the compliant surface. These results are novel and important since the evoked activation changes can be used for altering the powered prosthesis control parameters to adapt to the new surface, and therefore result in significantly increased robustness for smart powered lower limb prostheses.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publication2019 IEEE 16th International Conference on Rehabilitation Robotics, ICORR 2019
PublisherIEEE Computer Society
Pages880-885
Number of pages6
ISBN (Electronic)9781728127552
DOIs
StatePublished - Jun 2019
Event16th IEEE International Conference on Rehabilitation Robotics, ICORR 2019 - Toronto, Canada
Duration: Jun 24 2019Jun 28 2019

Publication series

NameIEEE International Conference on Rehabilitation Robotics
Volume2019-June
ISSN (Print)1945-7898
ISSN (Electronic)1945-7901

Conference

Conference16th IEEE International Conference on Rehabilitation Robotics, ICORR 2019
Country/TerritoryCanada
CityToronto
Period6/24/196/28/19

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Control and Systems Engineering
  • Rehabilitation
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering

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