Analysis of gait biomechanics in healthy adults during normal and constrained walking
Gait analysis is an essential and commonly used tool in understanding walking mechanisms in healthy and (neurologically-)impaired people. Over the recent years, gait analysis has increasingly been used to guide the development of new gait rehabilitation protocols and assistive robotic devices as well, owing to the insights on individual differences and general trends in locomotion it provides.
Our project, which assumes this and several other experimental studies involving humans, aims to develop a personalised framework for robot-assisted gait therapy. In other words, our goal is to develop control algorithms and robotic devices that will take into account each patient’s unique condition and act accordingly to deliver as relevant interaction as possible. This is a very exciting area of the human-robot interaction field, but its full potential remains largely unexplored. This is where our project aims to contribute.
As the first step towards that goal, we have designed the study you are very welcome to participate in, provided you meet the inclusion/exclusion criteria. These criteria are necessary to make the study feasible and to allow us to focus on specific research questions we want to investigate. The goal of this study is to learn more about healthy adults’ walking patterns and compensatory mechanisms, which will form a starting point for the patient studies to come, as well as for the framework this project aims to design.
More details about the study, and the consent form you will be asked to sign should you decide to participate, can be downloaded using the links below.
If you are interested in participating in this study or would like to know more before making a decision, kindly fill in the form below, and the principal investigator will contact you shortly.