ETH Summer School on Soft Robotics
Thank you very much for joining SSSR 2012 in Zurich! Recap
1st Swiss rtfMRI Neurofeedback Conference
A big thank you to all the speakers and over 150 participants! Recap
Kaspar Leuenberger presents his PhD project at the ETH Tag.
We welcome Frieder Wittman who joins us from the Technical University Munich.
Mike Rinderknecht receives the 1st prize in the IEEE Region 8 Student Paper Contest
2012 Swiss Brain League research prize awarded to Silvio Ionta and Lukas Heydrich for work in collaboration with RELab.
RELab present at the BrainFair Zurich 2012.
RELab hosts the 1st Swiss rtfMRI Neurofeedback Conference with over 150 participants.
We welcome Auralius Manurung, who joins us from the Gyeongsang National University, South Korea.
Marie-Christine Fluet receives the Best Poster Award at the 2011 International Conference on Rehabilitation Robotics (ICORR 2011)
RELab featured on ETH Life
About one third the stroke survivors of cannot undergo physical therapy due to the inability to move. A novel approach to stroke rehabilitation based on the training of isometric force patterns corresponding to specific dynamic tasks could provide new solutions to offer early rehabilitation therapy to a large population of patients.
To investigate whether one can learn to perform movements by learning the forces required for those movements, we have developed ReFlex, a one-degree-of-freedom wrist robotic device. ReFlex uses a hybrid actuation approach, allowing displaying a wider range of output impedances as well as a safe and efficient means of blocking the output for isometric training and rendering stable resistive force fields.
Currently we’re investigating if healthy subjects can learn a novel wrist dynamic flexion/extension task by simulating the movement, which is calculated from the torque generated at the wrist, and displayed on a monitor as feedback. We compare performance of subjects receiving this isometric training with subjects learning the dynamic wrist task directly.
We hope to develop new safe and low cost passive rehabilitation devices, based on force sensors, which could be made available to a larger public. Further, thanks to its hybrid actuation, ReFlex will allow us to investigate wrist neuromuscular properties.
Figure 1: Healthy subject in the ReFlex.
Dr. Olivier Lambercy
Rehabilitation Engineering Lab
This work is supported by the NCCR Neural Plasticity and Repair, Swiss National Fundation.
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