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Design and Control of a Soft Robotic Ankle-Foot Orthosis

For physical therapists working with patients with foot and ankle injuries, it is imperative that they have mechanical help with the rehabilitation process. However, existing solutions are cumbersome and stationary. To combat this problem, researchers are engineering a device using light-weight, flexible soft robotics that a patient would wear over the foot that would aid

NASA Space Grant Robotics

NASA Space Grant Robotics is in the process of creating underwater robots that can be used for deep sea diving. This would replace divers, as well as reduce the risk to their lives. Underwater robotics can go deeper than any diver, being able to explore the vast unknown ocean floor.

Lowering Image Sensor Reconfiguration Latency on Android

Mobile systems would benefit from the ability to make a tradeoff between image resolution and power consumption when doing vision tasks. While less resolution lowers task accuracy it also saves system power. Currently, resolution changes are a slow process taking over 200ms while also dropping frames. However, researchers propose a system to lower that latency

Octopus Arm Muscles in Relation to Arm Use for Bioinspired Robotics

The objective is to study the musculature of Octopus arms for use in Bioinspired Robotics.  Previous literature presents the idea of uniform muscle layering. The lab has found this not to be the case as the muscle layers change proximal to distal (base to tip). Correlations between the transverse and longitudinal muscle layers indicate specialized

Cranial Crown: A Pediatric Headset for Transcranial Doppler

Transcranial doppler can be used to detect seizure and stroke during cardiac surgery. There is currently no feasible transcranial doppler headset for use on pediatric patients in the operating room. The Cranial Crown allows for high adjustability in doppler probe placement while reducing the risk of pressure sores. The quick placement and removal of the

Battery Decay Rate and Life Cycle in Lithium-Ion Polymer Batteries

The objective of the research project is to determine the baseline life cycle and battery decay rate of a lithium-ion polymer battery in drones. The first experiment had the drone statically hovering, which simulated a uniform power draw for a baseline measure. Continuing research tested the battery decay by performing three uniform experiments to completely

Research for development of A Self-Fluctuating Actuator Air Prosthetic Liner with Memory Foam Design for Lower Limb Amputees to Improve Comfort, Stability, and Fluctuation in Prosthetic Sockets:

The research question that is being proposed is whether an air-based device can address volume fluctuation inside a prosthetic socket for lower limb amputees. The main objective will be to find a solution that can improve comfort and reduce volume fluctuation. Amputees continue to face problems of discomfort due to fluctuation of the residual limb

Motorcycle Helmet Blind Spot Monitoring

Motorcycle safety has been improving in recent years with better designed protective gear and the integration of certain vehicle technologies like anti-lock braking systems into motorcycles. But there is still a sizable gap in the safety features found in contemporary cars and those found in motorcycles. The vision of this project is to capitalize on

Pivot Irrigation Misalignment (PIMA) System Project

Pivot irrigation systems are typically a quarter mile long and rotate about a field to irrigate crops. Approximately every fifty meters, there are towers that help move the system. When a tower misaligns, either due to a flat tire or mechanical malfunction, the system’s safety procedure is enabled and shuts the entire system down. When