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Improving Modelling and Control of Wearable Hand Exoskeleton Devices

Hand and upper limb impairment resulting from neurological disorders or stroke limits hand dexterity, significantly affecting patients' quality of life. Currently, nearly 100,000 Canadians live with hand disabilities, and this number is expected to increase as the population ages. Recently, breakthroughs in mechatronics and robotics technology have provided an apt ground for designing wearable exoskeleton-type therapy devices, showing their potential as an alternative hand disability management approach. However, the mathematical equations that describe the complex hand motions are not accurate enough when applied to externally worn exoskeletons. To this aim, the focus of my research is to model and control a wearable exoskeleton device to assist people suffering from hand disabilities by developing new kinematic and kinetic equations that more accurately characterize device behaviour. Thus, the result of this study will allow the wearable exoskeleton devices to support hand motion more accurately, leading to better technologies and improved outcomes.

Parisa Daemi
PhD candidate, Biomedical Engineering
Faculty of Engineering - Western University

Ana Luisa Trejos
Aaron D. Price

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Parisa Daemi is a PhD candidate in the School of Biomedical Engineering at Western University. She received her BSc degree in Computer Engineering-Hardware and her MASc Degree in Mechatronics Engineering from Qazvin Islamic Azad University in 2009 and 2014. Her research interests include control systems and robotics, smart actuators and control, pathological tremor suppression, and intelligent wearable mechatronic devices.

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