Taking both sides: seeking symbiosis between intelligent prostheses and human motor control during locomotion

He (Helen) Huang, Jennie Si, Andrea Brandt, Minhan Li

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Abstract

Robotic lower limb prostheses aim to replicate the power-generating capability of biological joints during locomotion to empower individuals with lower limb loss. However, recent clinical trials have not demonstrated clear advantages of these devices over traditional passive devices. We believe this is partly because the current designs of robotic prothesis controllers and clinical methods for fitting and training individuals to use them do not ensure good coordination between the prosthesis and user. Accordingly, we advocate for new holistic approaches in which human motor control and intelligent prosthesis control function as one system (defined as human–prosthesis symbiosis). We hope engineers and clinicians will work closely to achieve this symbiosis, thereby improving the functionality and acceptance of robotic prostheses and users' quality of life.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number100314
JournalCurrent Opinion in Biomedical Engineering
Volume20
DOIs
StatePublished - Dec 2021

Keywords

  • Augmented biofeedback
  • Gait biomechanics
  • Human-in-the-loop optimization
  • Human–prosthesis symbiosis
  • Reinforcement learning
  • Robotic lower limb prostheses

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Bioengineering
  • Medicine (miscellaneous)
  • Biomaterials
  • Biomedical Engineering

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