SimBionics: Neuromechanical Simulation and Sensory Feedback for the Control of Bionic Legs

Jose Gonzalez-Vargas*, Massimo Sartori, Strahinja Dosen, Herman van der Kooij, Johan Rietman

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Lower limb prosthetic technology has greatly advanced in the last decade, but there are still many challenges that need to be tackled to allow amputees to walk efficiently and safely on many different terrain conditions. Neuro-mechanical modelling and online simulations combined with somatosensory feedback, has the potential to address this challenge. By virtually reconstructing the missing limb together with the associated somatosensory feedback, this approach could enable amputees to potentially perceive the bionic legs as extensions of their bodies. A prosthesis equipped with such biologically inspired closed-loop control could duplicate the mechanics of walking far more accurately than conventional solutions. The project SimBionics aims to explore these opportunities and advance the state-of-the-art in lower limb prosthesis control.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationWearable Robotics: Challenges and Trends
Subtitle of host publicationProceedings of the 5th International Symposium on Wearable Robotics, WeRob2020, and of WearRAcon Europe 2020, October 13–16, 2020
PublisherSpringer Science + Business Media
Number of pages5
ISBN (Electronic)978-3-030-69547-7
ISBN (Print)978-3-030-69546-0, 978-3-030-69549-1
Publication statusPublished - 2022
Event5th International Symposium on Wearable Robotics, WeRob 2020 - Virtual conference
Duration: 13 Oct 202016 Oct 2020
Conference number: 5

Publication series

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


Conference5th International Symposium on Wearable Robotics, WeRob 2020
Abbreviated titleWeRob 2020
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