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A Design of a Teaching Mode for an Upper Limb Therapy Robot

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Title: A Design of a Teaching Mode for an Upper Limb Therapy Robot
Author: Harris, Jason
Department: School of Engineering
Program: Engineering
Advisor: Abdullah, Hussein
Abstract: Stroke is an age-related illness with significant individual and societal impacts. The long term impacts associated with many strokes can be mitigated with timely rehabilitation. Therapy robots have been introduced to these programs in an effort to reduce the economic burden to society and to improve the level of care provided to stroke survivors. The purpose of this thesis is to develop a teaching mode for an upper limb therapy robot. The system will allow physiotherapists to interact with the therapy robot without the need for any specialized industrial training. At the same, the system will reduce the data associated with patient movements to reduce requirements for robot safety and motion systems. The proposed system was successfully confirmed using a laboratory scale industrial robot and a standalone motion control system consisting of commercially available AC servo motors and a motion controller with both generated and recorded paths.
Date: 2013-04
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