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Robotic Physical Exercise and System (ROPES): A Cable-Driven Robotic Rehabilitation System for Lower-Extremity Motor Therapy

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Aliakbar Alamdari, Venkat Krovi

SUNY at Buffalo, Buffalo, NY

Paper No. DETC2015-46393, pp. V05AT08A032; 10 pages
  • ASME 2015 International Design Engineering Technical Conferences and Computers and Information in Engineering Conference
  • Volume 5A: 39th Mechanisms and Robotics Conference
  • Boston, Massachusetts, USA, August 2–5, 2015
  • Conference Sponsors: Design Engineering Division, Computers and Information in Engineering Division
  • ISBN: 978-0-7918-5712-0
  • Copyright © 2015 by ASME


Assisted motor therapies play a critical role in enhancing the functional musculoskeletal recovery and neurological rehabilitation. Our focus here is to assist the performance of repetitive motor-therapy of the human lower limbs — in both the sagittal and frontal planes. Hence, in this paper, we develop a lightweight, reconfigurable hybrid (articulated-multibody and cable) based robotic rehabilitative device as a surrogate for a human physiotherapists and analyze feasibility and performance. A hybrid cable-actuated articulated multibody system is formed when multiple cables are attached from a ground-frame to various locations on the lower limbs. The combined system now features multiple holonomic cable-loop-closure constraints acting on a tree-structured multibody system. Hence the paper initially focuses on developing the Newton-Euler dynamic equilibrium equations of the cable-driven lower limbs to develop a symbolic analysis framework. The desired motion for the proposed rehabilitative exercise are prescribed based upon normative subjects motion patterns. Trajectory-tracking within this system is realized by a position-based impedance controller in task-space and a feedback-linearized PD controllers in joint-space. Careful coordination of the multiple cable-motors are now necessary in order to achieve the co-robotic control of the overall system, avoiding development of internal stresses and ensuring continued satisfaction of the unilateral cable-tension constraints throughout the workspace. This is now evaluated via a simulation case-study and development of a physical testbed is underway.

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