Robotics Engineering MS Thesis Proposal by Tess Meier

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Robotics Engineering - WPI
Friday, February 08, 2019
10:00 am to 11:00 am
Robotics Engineering (85P)
United States
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Conference Room 209

RBE MS Thesis Proposal

Tess Meier

Evaluation and Mechanical Revision of a Hand Exoskeleton with Implementation of Intuitive User Input

Abstract:  Individuals with Upper Motor Neuron Syndrome (UMNS), such as stroke and traumatic brain injury survivers, may exhibit hypertonia and spasticity. These conditions cause them to have a difficult time using existing hand exoskeletons which are primarily designed for flexion assistance. This thesis work includes testing a hand exoskeleton which was designed for extension with an impaired individual and mechanically revising the device to better assist impaired individuals in a real-world setting. Multiple gripping patterns will be accomplished by re-allocating the motors and adding an actuated thumb. Electromyography (EMG) methods for control will be evaluated for viability with the specified user group by completing a study.  Voice control will be implemented as an intuitive user control method. The completed hand exoskeleton system will be designed and tested for usability during ADL applications.


Thesis Advisor: Prof. Gregory Fischer

Thesis Committee: Prof. Ted Clancy, Prof. Jane Li


Friday, February 8, 2019
10:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.
85 Prescott St., Suite 201, RBE 209 (Conf. Room)

Katherine Crighton
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