Department of Defense

Robotic Human Augmentation

Goals

The EPIC (Exoskeleton and Prosthesis Intelligent Controls) Lab research areas include automation and mechatronics and bioengineering with a focus on the control of powered robotic prostheses and exoskeletons to assist human movement. We implement biological signal processing, intent recognition, and control systems based on EMG and mechanical sensors to improve human-machine capabilities. Our primary goal is to use robotic augmentation technology to restore human movement to individuals with mobility disability.

Issues Involved or Addressed

Our research focuses on optimizing the human machine interface with robotic prostheses and exoskeletons. Much of this involves learning control methods to allow a human user to efficiently operate and work in sync with an assistive device. This involves extracting user intent through sensor fusion and machine learning algorithms along with other states such as gait phase, locomotion mode and walking speed. We then optimize robotic walking profiles to assist the human user. We focus our application with human user tests on individuals with walking disability such as amputees, stroke subjects, elderly subjects and others.

Methods and Technologies

  • Control Systems
  • Mechatronics
  • Machine Learning
  • Signal Processing
  • Data Analysis
  • Embedded Programming
  • Human Subject Testing
  • Mechanical Design
  • Human Biomechanics
  • Maching

Academic Majors of Interest

  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Electrical Engineering
  • Computer Engineering
  • Computer Science
  • Biomedical Engineering

Preferred Interests and Preparation

Meeting Schedule & Location

Time: 

8:00-8:50

Day: 

Thurs

Location: 

Love 109

Team Advisors

Sponsor(s)

Department of Defense