Bioinspiration in robotics deals with applying biological principles to the design of better performing devices. In this article, we propose a novel bioinspired framework using motor primitives for locomotion assistance through a wearable cooperative exoskeleton. In particular, the use of motor primitives for assisting different locomotion modes (i.e., ground-level walking at several cadences and ascending and descending stairs) is explored by means of two different strategies. In the first strategy, identified motor primitives are combined through weights to directly produce the desired assistive torque profiles. In the second strategy, identified motor primitives are combined to serve as neural stimulations to a virtual model of the musculoskeletal system, which, in turn, produces the desired assistive torque profiles.

Walking Assistance Using Artificial Primitives: A Novel Bioinspired Framework Using Motor Primitives for Locomotion Assistance Through a Wearable Cooperative Exoskeleton

PARRI, ANDREA;YAN, Tingfang;VITIELLO, Nicola;
2016

Abstract

Bioinspiration in robotics deals with applying biological principles to the design of better performing devices. In this article, we propose a novel bioinspired framework using motor primitives for locomotion assistance through a wearable cooperative exoskeleton. In particular, the use of motor primitives for assisting different locomotion modes (i.e., ground-level walking at several cadences and ascending and descending stairs) is explored by means of two different strategies. In the first strategy, identified motor primitives are combined through weights to directly produce the desired assistive torque profiles. In the second strategy, identified motor primitives are combined to serve as neural stimulations to a virtual model of the musculoskeletal system, which, in turn, produces the desired assistive torque profiles.
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