Analysis and Control of Human Locomotion Using Newtonian Modeling and NASA Robotics

J. R. Weiss, V. R. Edgerton1, A. K. Bejczy, B. H. Dobkin1, A. Garfinkel1, S. J. Harkema1, G. W. Lilienthal, S. P. McGuan2, B. M. Jau
MS 183-335, Jet Propulsion Laboratory, California Institute of Technology, 4800 Oak Grove Drive, Pasadena, California 91109
1Brian Research Institute, University of California at Los Angeles, Los Angeles, California 90095
2Mechanical Dynamics, Inc., 2301 Commonwealth Blvd, Ann Arbor, Michigan 48105

Abstract

Combining NASA technology, University insight and Industry know how NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL), the UCLA Brain Research Institute and Mechanical Dynamics Inc. (MDI) have developed an approach for enhancing strategies for rehabilitation of individuals with spinal cord injury (SCI). This approach utilizes robotics developed for manned space exploration, mathematical modeling used for commercial product testing and human research on spinal cord injuries. This collaboration resulted from conversations between JPL and UCLA on how the two could work together on the application of NASA technologies to neural repair and rehabilitation problems resulting from traumatic brain and spinal cord injury.
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