Project 1

ADAPT Neuromechanical consequences of assistive scenarios

People:
Hans Essers1, MSc.
Kenneth Meijer1, PhD
Alessio Murgia2, PhD

Institutions:
1. Human Movement Sciences, Maastricht University Medical Centrum
2. Medical Sciences, University Medical Centrum Groningen

Brief Summary:
Aims to identify the neuromechanical correlates for successful co-adaption, e.g. muscle-skeletal (un)loading strategies, coordination patterns and cortical plasticity. Laboratory studies, involving 3D motion and EMG analysis during representative ADL’s in healthy subjects and selected subjects (Muscular dystrophy and Stroke), will be conducted exploiting state of the art support systems supplied by the consortium (e.g. Darwing, McArm and LIMPACT). Adaptability of users to personalized adaptive arm orthoses will also be assessed by quantitative measures of synchronization of EEG and EMG. Feasibility of particular gravity compensation solutions will be further explored by simulation of the user-device interaction workspace. User specific muscle-skeletal models will be integrated in the design of assistive devices custom modeled in Solidworks and Matlab. This work will provide a basis for the user-device interaction in the personalized behavioral model (PBM-below).