Wearable Robotic Walker for Gait Rehabilitation and Assistance in Patients with Cerebral Palsy

Carlos A. Cifuentes*, Cristina Bayon, Sergio Lerma, Anselmo Frizera, Luis Rodriguez, Eduardo Rocon

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    Cerebral Palsy (CP) is the most common cause of permanent serious physical disability in childhood. New strategies are needed to help promote, maintain, and rehabilitate the functional capacity of children with severe level of impairment. The main objective of this work is to present a Human-Robot interaction strategy for overground rehabilitation to support novel robotic-based therapies for CP rehabilitation. This strategy is implemented in a new Wearable Robotic Walker named CPWalker. In our approach, legs’ kinematics information obtained from a Laser Range Finder (LRF) sensor is used to detect the user’s locomotion intentions and drive the robotic platform. During a preliminary validation we observed that this approach enabled the robot to continuously follow the human velocity and provided body weight support during gait.

    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publicationConverging Clinical and Engineering Research on Neurorehabilitation II
    Subtitle of host publicationProceedings of the 3rd International Conference on NeuroRehabilitation (ICNR2016), October 18-21, 2016, Segovia, Spain
    EditorsJaime Ibáñez, José González-Vargas, José María Azorín, Metin Akay, Metin Akay, José Luis Pons
    Place of PublicationCham
    Number of pages5
    ISBN (Electronic)9783319466699
    ISBN (Print)9783319466682
    Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2017
    Event3rd International Conference on NeuroRehabilitation (ICNR2016): Converging Clinical and Engineering Research on Neurorehabilitation II - Centro de Congresos y Convenciones Guardia de Corps, Segovia, Spain
    Duration: 18 Oct 201621 Oct 2016
    Conference number: 3

    Publication series

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


    Conference3rd International Conference on NeuroRehabilitation (ICNR2016)
    Abbreviated titleICNR2016
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