Multi-scale modelling of the human neuromuscular system for symbiotic human-machine motor interaction

Massimo Sartori*, Guillaume Durandau, Herman van der Kooij, Dario Farina

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Abstract

Advances in neurophysiology are enabling understanding the neural processing underlying human movement, i.e. the recruitment of spinal motor neurons and the transmission of the resulting neural drive to the innervated muscle fibers. Similarly, advances in musculoskeletal modeling are enabling understanding movement mechanics at the level of muscle forces. However, despite detailed knowledge at the individual neural and musculoskeletal levels, our understanding of the neuro-mechanical interplay underlying movement is still limited. This paper presents recent techniques for probing the activity of spinal motor neuron pools as well as how this translates into musculoskeletal mechanical function. We then translate this in the context of robotic exoskeletons for establishing a class of human-machine interfaces that can open a window into human neuromuscular states. This represents an important step for the creation of symbiotic exoskeletons.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationConverging Clinical and Engineering Research on Neurorehabilitation III
Subtitle of host publicationProceedings of the 4th International Conference on NeuroRehabilitation (ICNR2018), October 16-20, 2018, Pisa, Italy
EditorsLorenzo Masia, Silvestro Micera, Metin Akay, Jose L. Pons
PublisherSpringer
Pages167-170
Number of pages4
ISBN (Electronic)978-3-030-01845-0
ISBN (Print)978-3-030-01844-3
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2019
Event4th International Conference on NeuroRehabilitation, ICNR 2018: Converging Clinical and Engineering Research on Neurorehabilitation III - Pisa, Italy
Duration: 16 Oct 201820 Oct 2018
Conference number: 4
http://www.icnr2018.org/

Publication series

NameBiosystems and Biorobotics
Volume21
ISSN (Print)2195-3562
ISSN (Electronic)2195-3570

Conference

Conference4th International Conference on NeuroRehabilitation, ICNR 2018
Abbreviated titleICNR
CountryItaly
CityPisa
Period16/10/1820/10/18
Internet address

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