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Andrew Cook

Hometown: Phoenix, Arizona | Graduation Date: Spring 2018
Mechanical engineering

Evaluating the Effects of a Negatively-Damped Ankle-Foot Orthosis on Gait

Research Theme: Health
MORE: Spring 2018

The purpose of this research is to investigate the viability of negative damping as a control scheme for a wearable ankle exoskeleton. Negative damping can be thought of as the opposite of friction – it adds energy to a system instead of removing it. The muscle activity and gait motion of subjects wearing an externally-powered robot while walking on a treadmill were tested to quantify exertion and balance. It is hoped that a device utilizing negative damping control could eventually help stroke victims regain the ability to walk during the rehabilitation process.