Task-orientated multimodal feedback system for the rehabilitation of the upper limb

Kousidou, S 2007, Task-orientated multimodal feedback system for the rehabilitation of the upper limb , PhD thesis, University of Salford.

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Abstract

This thesis reports on the design and development of a software environment which allows the implementation of task-based physiotherapy for the upper limb providing at the same time effective multimodal feedback to the user. The software environment, Rehab Lab, uses the University of Salford Soft Exoskeleton as a medium for delivering therapy. The aim of this project is to investigate how to use an arm exoskeleton operating in 3- Dimensional space in conjunction with a multimodal software environment for potentially helping stroke patients regain functional independence by relearning activities of the daily living. More specifically, the software would provide a way of synthesising and executing therapeutic protocols. Three types of protocols are supported by Rehab Lab; Joint Warm-up Protocols, Muscle Activation Protocols and Functional Reaching Protocols. The software environment would also provide therapists and patients with quality multimodal feedback. Feedback is important for therapists in order to assess patients' progress. It is also important for patients hi order to help them monitor their physiological responses and therefore attempt to control them. The latter makes feedback a powerful motivating reason to engage in the therapy. The software environment developed, Rehab Lab, mainly consists of a module that permits synthesis and execution of therapeutic protocols. The building blocks of the protocols are tasks, which vary from basic to more complex ones. A high-level controller module is responsible for resolving a protocol to its tasks and executing them in turn. Each protocol can have properties such as resting period between two consecutive tasks. Each task can have properties such as speed and number of repetitions. Rehab Lab also contains a virtual environment which provides the setup for the functional tasks to be executed as well as a means of providing effective feedback.

Item Type: Thesis (PhD)
Contributors: Caldwell, DG (Supervisor)
Schools: Schools > School of Computing, Science and Engineering
Depositing User: Institutional Repository
Date Deposited: 18 Aug 2021 14:23
Last Modified: 27 Aug 2021 21:57
URI: http://usir.salford.ac.uk/id/eprint/61621

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