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BIG Seminar: Design and Control of a Compact High Torque Actuation System for a Portable Powered Ankle-Foot Orthosis (PPAFO)

Event Type
Seminar/Symposium
Sponsor
Mechanical Science & Engineering
Location
2005 Mechanical Engineering Lab (Deere Pavilion
Date
Oct 5, 2015   12:00 pm  
Speaker
Ziming Wang, Masters CandidateMechanical Science & EngineeringUniversity of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Contact
Davida Bluhm
E-Mail
bluhm@illinois.edu
Phone
(217) 300-6865
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Abstract

The field of wearable robotics is growing. Robotic devices such as powered orthotics or exoskeletons for lower-limb gait assistance have the potential to significantly improve mobility for people with lower-limb disorders. Since locomotion is not an energy neutral process, external power sources are needed for such devices to improve the mobility of user. The development of compact lightweight actuators and efficient control algorithms are needed before PPAFO can be used outside of the laboratory environment for treatment and rehabilitation. We will be presenting a portable powered ankle-foot orthosis (PPAFO) including its mechanical design, sensing, and controls aspect.

About the Speaker

Ziming works as a graduate student under Prof. Elizabeth T. Hsiao-Wecksler. He is a master’s student at Human Dynamics and Controls Lab in the Department of Mechanical Science & Engineering at the University of Illinois. His research interests include exoskeleton, assistive devices, embedded systems, and controls.

Host: Professor Sascha Hilgenfeldt

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