Dr. Christopher Nycz
Quantifying Mechanical Requirement
for the Design of Hand Exoskeletons
Abstract: Wearable assistive robotics have the potential to address an unmet medical need of reducing disability in individuals with chronic hand impairments due to neurological trauma. Despite myriad prior works, however, few patients have seen the benefits of such devices. This population poses a difficult challenge to design engineers as each individual will exhibit varying severity of several contrasting disorders. A general weakness in the limb may be accompanied by increases in resting muscle tone, contractures, spasticity, and/or abnormal muscle co-contractions. Quantifying the effects of these conditions on joint motion is critical for producing devices capable of meeting patient needs. In this talk, I will discuss fundamental concepts related to optical motion capture and their application to studying the motion of the hand. Several studies conducted on able bodied and impaired subjects will be presented, and their relevance to exoskeleton design demonstrated.
Bio: Christopher Nycz received a B.S. in mechanical engineering from Clarkson University in 2013, a M.S. in robotics engineering from WPI in 2016, and a PhD in robotics engineering from WPI in 2018. With a broader interest in medical robotics, his main research concerns the development of hand exoskeletons to assist individuals with chronic hand impairment.
Friday, September 14, 2018
2:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.
60 Gateway Park, GP 1002