A broad interdisciplinary team of engineers and clinicians at the University of Dayton are leveraging an 8 degree-of-freedom Caplex system configured with bilateral ankle and hip exoskeletons to accelerate research into how aging affects biomechanics. In addition, the team is trailblazing with novel approaches to incorporating the programmable wearable robotic system into both undergraduate and graduate coursework, increasing opportunities for hands-on learning and familiarizing students with these essential tools to set them up for success in their careers.
In today’s workforce status quo, certain jobs inevitably come with a higher risk for bodily injury. Warehouse operators, construction workers, health care workers, agricultural workers, and many essential jobs require lifting, bending, and repetitive movement that can strain the back and body.
Featured Research Publications
Slade P, Kochenderfer MJ, Delp SL, Collins SH. (2022) Nature.
Comparing optimized exoskeleton assistance of the hip, knee, and ankle in single and multi-joint configurations. Wearable Technologies, 2:e16
Sanz-Pena I, Jeong H, Kim H. (2023) Cambridge University Press.
Poggensee, K. L., Collins, S. H. (2021) Science Robotics.
Song, S., Collins, S. H. (2021) IEEE Transactions on Neural Systems and Rehabilitation Engineering.