Geyer Awarded NRI Funding for Human-Robot Gait Study-Quality of Life Technology Center - Carnegie Mellon University

Friday, September 28, 2012

Geyer Awarded NRI Funding for Human-Robot Gait Study

Hartmut Geyer, a researcher in QoLT's Mobility and Manipulation (MOMAT) Thrust, was awarded funding by the National Robotics Initiative (NRI) in collaboration with the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and three other federal agencies to investigate the design and control of human gaits for transfer to powered leg prostheses and other robotic rehabilitation devices.

The NRI award recognizes six projects with $4.4 million in funding, subject to availability. Awardees will work on projects that accelerate the development of the next generation of robots that can interact and work cooperatively with people and respond to changing environments in a variety of healthcare applications.

Geyer's project, Control of Powered Segmented Legs for Humanoids and Rehabilitation Robotics,  aims to uncover the principles behind the biomechanical design and neuromuscular control of human legs in a variety of gaits.  The long-term goal of the project is to transfer the findings and principles to the design and control of powered leg prostheses and robotic rehabilitation devices.

Read more about the other awardees in Orthotics and Prosthetics.


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By: Kristen Sabol, ksabol@cs.cmu.edu, 412-268-3795