NACOE Seminar: Dr. Jonathan Realmuto
- Friday, April 26, 2019 at 3:10pm
- Norm Asbjornson Hall, ROom 137 - view map
Survey on Wearable Robotics: Challenges, Successes, and Future Direction
Abstract: Wearable and assistive robots offer a tremendous opportunity to enhance the quality of life of many mobility impaired individuals. However, these robotic technologies have fundamental challenges not encountered in traditional engineered systems. For one, the physical human-robot-environment interactions lead to complex dynamics, making prediction and control difficult. Another issue is the strict constraints on acceptable physical embodiment of these devices. In this talk, I will highlight work on tackling these challenges. First, I will describe my research on personalizing a lower limb prosthesis. I will show that by tailoring the passive dynamics of the device, a large decrease in power requirements can be achieved. Additionally, I will highlight our personalized control strategy for this device. Next, I will discuss applications of soft fabric-based actuators for upper limb exosuits. Here, the main result is a lightweight, conformable robotic forearm orthosis, which can provide substantial pronation and supination assistive torques. Lastly, I will discuss learning algorithms for skill transfer. I will conclude with my take on the future of the field.
Bio: Jonathan Realmuto is a Postdoctoral Scholar in the department of Biomedical Engineering at the University of Southern California. He completed his PhD at the University of Washington in 2017, where he was GAANN (pronounced GAIN) Fellow. Dr. Realmuto’s research is focused on developing and evaluating new technologies for augmenting, restoring, and monitoring human mobility and perception.
- Department of Mechanical & Industrial Engineering