استراتژی توانبخشی راه رفتن با الهام از الگوریتم یادگیری تکراری
|کد مقاله||سال انتشار||مقاله انگلیسی||ترجمه فارسی||تعداد کلمات|
|27474||2012||9 صفحه PDF||سفارش دهید||5651 کلمه|
Publisher : Elsevier - Science Direct (الزویر - ساینس دایرکت)
Journal : Mechatronics, Volume 22, Issue 2, March 2012, Pages 213–221
Robotic gait rehabilitation devices enable efficient and convenient gait rehabilitation by mimicking the functions of physical therapists. In manual gait rehabilitation training, physical therapists have patients practice and memorize normal gait patterns by applying assistive torque to the patient’s joint once the patient’s gait deviates from the normal gait. Thus, one of the most important factors in robotic gait rehabilitation devices is to determine the assistive torque to the patient’s joint during rehabilitation training. In this paper, the gait rehabilitation strategy inspired by an iterative learning algorithm is proposed, which uses the repetitive characteristic of gait motions. In the proposed strategy, the assistive joint torque in the current stride is calculated based on the information from previous strides. Simulation results and experimental results using an active knee orthosis are presented, which verify that the proposed strategy can be used to calculate appropriate assistive joint torque to excise the desired motions for rehabilitation.
As the number of people who have either totally or partially lost the ability to walk due to aging or physical impairment increases , ,  and , the demand for robotic gait rehabilitation devices increases. Robotic gait rehabilitation devices enable more efficient and convenient gait rehabilitation by mimicking the functions of physical therapists. In manual gait rehabilitation training, physical therapists establish suitable rehabilitation strategies depending on the gait disorders patients suffer from. While there is a long list of gait disorders that inhibits patients’ ability to walk, the causes of the gait disorders can be classified as degeneration in two categories: (1) in muscular systems and (2) in nerve systems. If a patient has weakened muscles due to accidents, diseases, or aging, then the patient cannot generate the joint torque necessary to achieve desired gait motion. For these patients, physical therapists try to strengthen patients’ muscles by applying appropriate resistive force to muscles. Weight training for specific muscles is one example of the many possible rehabilitation strategies. This gait rehabilitation strategy was mimicked by the robotic gait rehabilitation device for strengthening muscles . If the muscles are too damaged to recover their original function, then power augmentation systems (,  and  among others) may help the patients achieve normal walking movements. Patients with impaired motor control via spinal cord injury (SCI) or stroke has the problem that they cannot control their muscles properly. Assuming that only their nervous system is degenerated, i.e. their muscles are strong enough to generate muscular forces to achieve the desired gait motions, they need to practice and memorize the desired gait patterns through repetitive exercises. For these patients, physical therapists make patients practice normal gait patterns through force or voice feedback. Physical therapists apply assistive torques to the joints to let them be cognizant of how their gait motions deviate from the normal gait, and guide them to the normal gait trajectory. Also, physical therapists keep talking to patients during the gait rehabilitation training about how they need to move to achieve the normal gait patterns, e.g. bending knee more or pushing heel more. By mimicking these functions of physical therapists, robotic gait rehabilitation systems that utilize visual feedback  and  or assistive torque have been developed , , , , , ,  and . Since assistive torque allow patients to practice normal gait pattern easily and effectively, determining required assistive torque in a rehabilitation application is one of the most important factors in the robotic gait rehabilitation system. In fact, the assistive torque should be proportional to the amount of deviation from a normal gait trajectory in order for patients to perceive the right “feeling” about a normal gait trajectory. Through assistive torque, the joint is guided accurately to the desired gait trajectory for rehabilitation. In the past, rehabilitation strategies that impose a virtual potential field around the desired trajectory was introduced . In this strategy, the induced force by the potential field compels the joint to move to the desired joint trajectory once the joint position deviates from the desired joint position. The potential field rehabilitation strategy provides a good method to calculate the required torque for patients to practice normal gait trajectory. However, in order to guide a joint to the correct gait trajectory, a high control gain is required, which may cause instability and overshoot. Inspired by the repetitive characteristic of gait motions, a gait rehabilitation strategy based on an iterative learning algorithm is proposed in this paper. Taking advantage of the repetitive characteristic of gait motions, the joint can be guided to the desired trajectory more effectively and accurately. The proposed rehabilitation strategy utilizes position errors and error derivatives of previous strides to calculate the assistive torque in the current stride. By using information from previous strides, repetitive abnormal gait patterns can be penalized more effectively. The performance of the proposed gait rehabilitation strategy was verified through simulations and experiments with an active knee orthosis. This paper is organized as follows. In Section 2, the role of assistive torque in robotic gait rehabilitation devices is discussed through explanations of how the gait rehabilitation training takes place. The gait rehabilitation strategy inspired by an iterative learning algorithm and its simulation results are presented in Section 3 while experimental results by the proposed algorithm are shown in Section 4. Finally, conclusions and future work are given in Section 5.
نتیجه گیری انگلیسی
In this paper, the rehabilitation strategy to determine the assistive torque needed to practice the normal gait in robotic gait rehabilitation devices was discussed. Inspired by the repetitive characteristic of gait motions, a gait rehabilitation strategy based on an iterative learning algorithm was proposed. Taking advantage of the repetitive nature of gait motions, the joint can be guided to the desired trajectory more effectively and accurately. In this algorithm, the assistive torque in the current stride was computed based on information from previous strides. The performance of the proposed algorithm was verified in simulations and the experiments with an active knee orthosis. It should be noted that the experimental results in Fig. 15 only demonstrate that the proposed method can adequately generate the necessary assistive torques to practice normal gait motions. The effectiveness of the proposed method in the rehabilitation treatment should be verified by clinical tests. Thus, as future work, the proposed gait rehabilitation strategy will be applied to patients suffering from degenerated nerve systems and the patients’ status will be checked for an extended period of time to observe the improvement.