Transactions on Neural Systems and Rehabilitation Engineering

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Performance Evaluation of Lower Limb Exoskeletons: A Systematic Review
Benchmarks have long been used to verify and compare the readiness level of different technologies in many application domains. In the field of wearable robots, the lack of a recognized benchmarking methodology is one important impediment that may hamper the efficient translation of research prototypes into actual products... Read more
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A Mechatronic System for Studying Energy Optimization During Walking
    A general principle of human movement is that our nervous system is able to learn optimal coordination strategies. However, how our nervous system performs this optimization is not well understood. Here we design, build, and test a mechatronic system to... Read more
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Proportional Joint-Moment Control for Instantaneously Adaptive Ankle Exoskeleton Assistance
   Lower-limb exoskeletons used to improve free-living mobility for individuals with neuromuscular impairment must be controlled to prescribe assistance that adapts to the diverse locomotor conditions encountered during daily life, including walking at different speeds and across varied terrain. The goal... Read more
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An untethered ankle exoskeleton improves walking economy in a pilot study of individuals with cerebral palsy
       The high energy cost of walking in individuals with cerebral palsy (CP) contributes significantly to reduced mobility and quality of life. The purpose of this study was to develop and clinically evaluate an untethered ankle exoskeleton with the ability to... Read more
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MIT-Skywalker: A Novel Gait Neurorehabilitation Robot for Stroke and Cerebral Palsy
The MIT-Skywalker is a novel robotic device developed for the rehabilitation or habilitation of gait and balance after a neurological injury. It represents an embodiment of the concept exhibited by passive walkers for rehabilitation training. Its novelty extends beyond the... Read more
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Full Body Musculoskeletal Model for Muscle-Driven Simulation of Human Gait
Rajagopal, Christopher L. Dembia, Matthew S. DeMers, Denny D. Delp, Jennifer L. Hicks, and Scott L. Delp, Stanford University Human movement involves complex interactions between the neuromuscular and skeletal systems, many components of which cannot be easily measured in a laboratory setting.... Read more
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Biomechanical Effects of Stiffness in Parallel with the Knee Joint during Walking
  Lower-extremity exoskeletons have been actively investigated in the past few decades intending to augment the locomotion performance of able-bodied users in terms of metabolic cost, load carrying capacity, fatigue, and muscle force generation. While development efforts have been extensive, lower-limb... Read more
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Mechanisms of Gait Asymmetry Due to Push-Off Deficiency in Unilateral Amputees
Unilateral lower-limb amputees exhibit asymmetry in many gait features, such as ground force, step time, step length, and joint mechanics. Although these asymmetries result from weak prosthetic-side push-off, there is no proven mechanistic explanation of how that impairment propagates to... Read more