The AMOR2HUMAN project aims at applying techniques from autonomous mobile robotics to the field of human augmentation. From a practical point of view it consists in the combination of a mobile platform and an exoskeleton to provide rehabilitation therapy and functional assistance. An exoskeleton is a robotic orthosis device worn by a user that can both guide user motion as a therapist would do and assess mobility impairment. The idea to combine this device with a mobile platform aims at going beyond usual therapy, by offering a wider variety of motions.
The application of robotics to the medical sector is today a flourishing sector. The objective of the AMOR2HUMAN project is to address the issue of trajectory, and thus to provide a novel approach of therapy. The user would be guided by the mobile platform and the exoskeleton along a whole trajectory, the shape of which would be determine according to user need. The project is scientifically very ambitious. It will use results from neurophysiology to model human locomotion at the trajectory level.
It will use a bio-inspired approach to derive control algorithms of the exoskeleton and of the mobile platform in order to follow these trajectory models. It will design an adjustable autonomy control interface between the user and the mobile platform. It will create a coordination method of the two devices so that the user and the system move in concert. This multidisciplinary project includes both theoretical developments and integration on real systems.
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