|SUBJECT:||M.S. Thesis Presentation|
|TIME:||Monday, April 22, 2019, 3:00 p.m.|
|PLACE:||Love Building, 109|
|TITLE:||Design, Control, and Human Subject Evaluation of Powered Hip Exoskeletons|
|COMMITTEE:||Dr. Aaron Young, Chair (ME)
Dr. Gregory Sawicki (ME)
Dr. Anirban Mazumdar (ME)
Powered lower-limb exoskeletons have recently been popularized for industrial, military, and clinical applications. Currently, many lower-limb exoskeletons are complex multi-joint devices limited by its weight, convoluted controllers, and imperfect power transmissions. To make exoskeletons more robust, researchers and companies are re-focusing on single-joint devices and examining the effects of human-machine interaction. While both the ankle joint and hip joint are main torque contributors during level walking, the hip joint is less efficient due to the lack of spring-like tendons. As a result, providing hip joint assistance may be more impactful than aiding other joints.