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Anticipatory Muscle Responses for Transitioning Between Rigid Surface and Surfaces of Different Compliance: Towards Smart Ankle-foot Prostheses

Abstract Locomotion is of prime importance in enabling human beings to effectively respond

in space and time to meet different needs. Approximately 2 million Americans live

with an amputation with most of those amputations being of the lower limbs. To

advance current state-of-the-art lower limb prosthetic devices, it is necessary to adapt

performance at a level of intelligence seen in human walking. As such, this thesis

focuses on the mechanisms involved during human walking, while transitioning from

rigid to compliant surfaces such as from pavement to sand, grass or granular media.

Utilizing a unique tool, the Variable Stiffness Treadmill (VST), as the platform for

human walking, rigid to compliant surface transitions are simulated. The ana... (more)
Created Date 2019
Contributor Obeng, Ruby Afriyie (Author) / Artemiadis, Panagiotis (Advisor) / Santello, Marco (Advisor) / Lee, Hyunglae (Committee member) / Arizona State University (Publisher)
Subject Biomedical engineering / Anticipatory / Compliant surface / Muscle response / Prosthesis / Rigid Surface / Smart Ankle-foot prosthesis
Type Masters Thesis
Extent 65 pages
Language English
Note Masters Thesis Biomedical Engineering 2019
Collaborating Institutions Graduate College / ASU Library
Additional Formats MODS / OAI Dublin Core / RIS

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