Pilot Study of a Performance-Based Adaptive Assistance Controller for Stroke Survivors

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    Abstract

    Robotic gait training is a promising tool to improve walking ability after neurological disorders. Despite its benefits, its therapeutic effects might depend on the customization of the robotic training to the patient’s capabilities. In the last years, various approaches focused on the assist-as-needed (AAN) paradigm, have been proposed to improve the effectiveness of robotic rehabilitation. However, in most of these cases the amount of robotic assistance is chosen by a therapist, and therefore, subjective decisions could affect the adaptation of the therapy to the patient’s needs. This contribution presents the implementation of a novel performance-based adaptive controller, which automatically adjusts robotic assistance for diverse subtasks of gait based on the user’s performance during training. A pilot study testing this controller in one stroke survivor, shows the potential of the proposed tool to be included in future robot-based gait training protocols.
    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publicationConverging Clinical and Engineering Research on Neurorehabilitation III
    Subtitle of host publicationProceedings of the 4th International Conference on NeuroRehabilitation
    EditorsLorenzo Masia, Silvestro Micera, Metin Akay, Jose L. Pons
    PublisherSpringer
    Pages302-306
    ISBN (Electronic)978-3-030-01845-0
    ISBN (Print)978-3-030-01844-3
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - Oct 2018
    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 & Biorobotics
    Volume21

    Conference

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