Waterloo, Canada (PRWEB) August 13, 2015 — In a recent project, the University of Waterloo used MapleSim to develop new model-based controllers for a musculoskeletal model of the human arm for an upper limb rehabilitation robot. This ultimately will help improve the rehabilitation process for post-stroke patients.
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An emerging area of research is the use of musculoskeletal models to study human movement, making them an appropriate tool to interact with rehabilitation devices in simulations. In this project, researchers at the University of Waterloo, Borna Ghannadi and Dr. John McPhee [used MapleSim from Maplesoft to develop a musculoskeletal model of the human arm that provides the human action for an upper limb rehabilitation robot, in order to develop new model-based controllers for it. The controlled robot is tested in partnership with the Toronto Rehabilitation Institute (TRI) and Quanser Inc.