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
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    Sartori, M., Durandau, G., van der Kooij, H., & Farina, D. (2019). Multi-scale modelling of the human neuromuscular system for symbiotic human-machine motor interaction. In L. Masia, S. Micera, M. Akay, & J. L. Pons (Eds.), Converging Clinical and Engineering Research on Neurorehabilitation III: Proceedings of the 4th International Conference on NeuroRehabilitation (ICNR2018), October 16-20, 2018, Pisa, Italy (pp. 167-170). (Biosystems and Biorobotics; Vol. 21). Springer. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-030-01845-0_33