April 2021 - IEEE Robotics and Automation Letters
To fulfill the need for reliable and consistent medical training of the neurological examination technique to assess ankle clonus, a series elastic actuator (SEA) based haptic training simulator was proposed and developed. The simulator's mechanism (a hybrid of belt and linkage drive) and controller (impedance control) were designed to render a realistic and safe training environment.
April 2021 - Proceedings of the 2021 Design of Medical Devices Conference
User-centered design relies upon the appreciation that assistive technology device solutions need to include the functional and supra-functional (e.g., emotional, social, cultural) needs of users. Developing solutions without basing decision-making on both quantitative (functional) and qualitative (supra-functional) needs can lead to imbalanced devices, services, and/or environments. Satisfying both functional and supra-functional needs is the foundation of user-centered design, which in itself relies upon empathic understanding of the person that one is aiming to serve.
August 2021 - Mechanisms Robotics
This article presents the framework for developing a passive (unpowered) mechanical training simulator for replication of biceps spasticity to complement current clinical assessment training. The passive training simulator was developed to mimic three main behavioral features of spasticity, i.e., abnormal muscle tone, catch-release behavior, and range of motion (ROM) reduction.
March 25, 2021 - Jump Simulation Blog
The NeuroHealth Lab, a part of OSF Innovation, aims to answer questions around delivering neurological care amidst a shortage of neurologists by discovering new ways to assess, identify and treat people with neurological issues sooner.