Rehabilitation Robotics gives an introduction and overview of all areas of rehabilitation robotics, perfect for anyone new to the field. It also summarizes available robot technologies and their application to different pathologies for skilled researchers and clinicians. The editors have been involved in the development and application of robotic devices for neurorehabilitation for more than 15 years. This experience using several commercial devices for robotic rehabilitation has enabled them to develop the know-how and expertise necessary to guide those seeking comprehensive understanding of this topic.
Each chapter is written by an expert in the respective field, pulling in perspectives from both engineers and clinicians to present a multi-disciplinary view. The book targets the implementation of efficient robot strategies to facilitate the re-acquisition of motor skills. This technology incorporates the outcomes of behavioral studies on motor learning and its neural correlates into the design, implementation and validation of robot agents that behave as 'optimal' trainers, efficiently exploiting the structure and plasticity of the human sensorimotor systems. In this context, human-robot interaction plays a paramount role, at both the physical and cognitive level, toward achieving a symbiotic interaction where the human body and the robot can benefit from each other's dynamics.
- Provides a comprehensive review of recent developments in the area of rehabilitation robotics
- Includes information on both therapeutic and assistive robots
- Focuses on the state-of-the-art and representative advancements in the design, control, analysis, implementation and validation of rehabilitation robotic systems
1. Physiological basis of neuromotor recovery 2. An overall framework for neurorehabilitation robotics: implications for recovery 3. Biomechatronic design criteria of systems for robot-mediated rehabilitation therapy 4. Actuators and sensors for rehabilitation and prosthetic robots 5. Assistive controllers and modalities for robot-aided neurorehabilitation 6. Exoskeletons for upper limb rehabilitation 7. Exoskeletons for lower limb rehabilitation 8. Performance measures in robot-assisted assessment of sensorimotor functions 9. Computational models of the recovery process in robot-assisted training 10. Control of rehabilitation robots: from guidance to interaction 11. Promoting motivation during robot-assisted rehabilitation 12. Software platforms for integrating robots and virtual environments 13. Twenty+ Years of Robotics for Upper Extremity Rehabilitation following a Stroke 14. Three-dimensional, task-specific robot therapy 15. Robot-assisted therapy of hand function 16. Robot-assisted gait training 17. Wearable robotic applications for neurorehabilitation 18. Robot-assisted rehabilitation in multiple sclerosis 19. Robots for cognitive rehabilitation and symptom management 20. Hybrid NMES-robot devices for training of activities of daily living 21. Robotic techniques for evaluation and training of proprioceptive deficits 22. Psychophysiological responses during robot-assisted rehabilitation 23. The role of muscle synergies in robot-assisted neurorehabilitation 24. Telerehabilitation Robotics
He has been involved in several activities in the field of Bioengineering and Clinical Engineering including biological data acquisition, instrumentation management and interfacing, signal and image processing, data mining and statistics. He is a teacher in several national and international courses in the field of neurorehabilitation
His research interests include: robot-aided neuro-rehabilitation, muscle tone and spasticity evaluation, muscle force and fatigue assessment, speech production mechanisms study, respiratory mechanics assessment, assessment of autonomic function through heart rate variability analysis., He has authored over 100 papers and is co-editor of a book on the subject of speech production mechanisms.
Vittorio Sanguineti, PhD, is an Associate Professor of Biomedical Engineering at the University of Genoa. He received a Master's degree in Electronic Engineering (1989) and a PhD in Robotics (1994), both at the University of Genoa.
He Has Been working as a post-doctoral fellow at Institut National Polytechnique de Grenoble, France (1995-1996), at McGill University, Montreal, Canada (1996), and at Northwestern University Medical School, Chicago, USA (1997-1998 and 2000 ).
His main areas of interest are the neural control of movement (upper limb, orofacial and postural control), motor learning and the applications of robotics to neuromotor rehabilitation.