Assistive Robots

Assistive robotic devices have the potential to improve the quality of life and reduce the risk of injury. This could be in rehabilitation allowing patients to exercises in their home, reducing financial burdens and increasing the quantity and quality of the exercises performed. The same ideas can be applied to industry reducing the risk of injury and improving worker endurance.

My work has been focusing on the development of affordable, accessible robotic technologies. This has led to the development of Variable Dynamic Actuators and the APEX Exoskeleton.

APEX Alpha, the first generation prototype upper limb device designed for elbow assistance.

 

Publications:
“Introduction and initial exploration of an active/passive exoskeleton framework for portable assistance.” (link)
Matthew, Robert Peter, E
ric John Mica, Waiman Meinhold, Joel Alfredo Loeza, Masayoshi Tomizuka, and Ruzena Bajcsy, In Intelligent Robots and Systems (IROS), 2015 IEEE/RSJ International Conference on, pp. 5351-5356. IEEE, 2015

“Initial investigation into the effect of an Active/Passive exoskeleton on hammer curl performance in healthy subjects.” (link)
Matthew, Robert Peter,
Eric John Mica, Waiman Meinhold, Joel Alfredo Loeza, Masayoshi Tomizuka, and Ruzena Bajcsy, In Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society (EMBC), 2015 37th Annual International Conference of the IEEE, pp. 3607-3610. IEEE, 2015

Patents:
[2016] Semi-passive control system and method for assistive orthoses (WO 2016134103 A1) (link)
Robert P. Matthew
, Eric J. Mica, Waiman Meinhold, Joel A. Loeza, Ruzena Bajcsy, and Masayoshi Tomizuka