Rehabilitation Engineering

Abstract: Recent advances in computer vision and deep learning are allowing researchers to develop automated environment recognition systems for robotic leg prostheses and exoskeletons. However, small-scale and private training datasets have impeded the widespread development and dissemination of image classification algorithms (e.g., convolutional neural networks) for recognizing the human walking environment.


Previous studies of robotic leg prostheses and exoskeletons with regenerative actuators have focused almost exclusively on level-ground walking applications. Here we analyzed the lower-limb joint mechanical work and power during stand-to-sit movements using inverse dynamics to estimate the biomechanical energy theoretically available for electrical energy regeneration and storage. Nine subjects performed 20 sitting and standing movements while lower-limb kinematics and ground reaction forces were experimentally measured.