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Continuous robot control using surface electromyography of atrophic muscles

Vogel, Jörn and Bayer, Justin and van der Smagt, Patrick (2013) Continuous robot control using surface electromyography of atrophic muscles. In: IEEE/RSJ International Conference on Intelligent Robots and Systems, pp. 845-850. IEEE. International Conference on Intelligent Robots and Systems (IROS), 3.-7.11.2013, Tokyo, Japan.

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The development of new, light robotic systems has opened up a wealth of human-robot interaction applications. In particular, the use of robot manipulators as personal assistant for the disabled is realistic and affordable, but still requires research as to the brain-computer interface. Based on our previous work with tetraplegic individuals, we investigate the use of low-cost yet stable surface Electromyography (sEMG) interfaces for individuals with Spinal Muscular Atrophy (SMA), a disease leading to the death of neuronal cells in the anterior horn of the spinal cord; with sEMG, we can record remaining active muscle fibers. We show the ability of two individuals with SMA to actively control a robot in 3.5D continuously decoded through sEMG after a few minutes of training, allowing them to regain some independence in daily life. Although movement is not nearly as fast as natural, unimpaired movement, reach and grasp success rates are near 100% after 50s of movement.

Item URL in elib:https://elib.dlr.de/87209/
Document Type:Conference or Workshop Item (Speech)
Title:Continuous robot control using surface electromyography of atrophic muscles
AuthorsInstitution or Email of AuthorsAuthor's ORCID iD
Vogel, Jörnjoern.vogel (at) dlr.deUNSPECIFIED
Bayer, JustinTechnische Universität MünchenUNSPECIFIED
van der Smagt, PatrickTechnische Universität MünchenUNSPECIFIED
Date:November 2013
Journal or Publication Title:IEEE/RSJ International Conference on Intelligent Robots and Systems
Refereed publication:Yes
Open Access:Yes
Gold Open Access:No
In ISI Web of Science:Yes
Page Range:pp. 845-850
Keywords:Assistive Robotics Brain Machine Interfaces
Event Title:International Conference on Intelligent Robots and Systems (IROS)
Event Location:Tokyo, Japan
Event Type:international Conference
Event Dates:3.-7.11.2013
HGF - Research field:Aeronautics, Space and Transport
HGF - Program:Space
HGF - Program Themes:Space System Technology
DLR - Research area:Raumfahrt
DLR - Program:R SY - Space System Technology
DLR - Research theme (Project):R - On-Orbit Servicing [SY]
Location: Oberpfaffenhofen
Institutes and Institutions:Institute of Robotics and Mechatronics (since 2013) > Autonomy and Teleoperation
Deposited By: Vogel, Jörn
Deposited On:07 Jan 2014 14:06
Last Modified:31 Jul 2019 19:44

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