Accession Number : AD1025154


Title :   An Integrated Gait and Balance Analysis System to Define Human Locomotor Control


Descriptive Note : Technical Report,01 Feb 2015,31 Jan 2016


Corporate Author : Alabama State University Montgomery United States


Personal Author(s) : Childers,Walter L


Full Text : https://apps.dtic.mil/dtic/tr/fulltext/u2/1025154.pdf


Report Date : 29 Apr 2016


Pagination or Media Count : 14


Abstract : Walking is a complicated task that requires the motor coordination across multiple muscles and joints to propel the body forward. A basic understanding on how we walk is important because this sets the criteria necessary for human-machine integration (e.g. powered exoskeleton and prosthetic designs). Advanced study in human locomotion would benefit from the researcher being able to systematically control the physical, visual, and audio environments while gait measurements are recorded. Specific Aim: To acquire and install a Gait Real-time Analysis Interactive Lab (GRAIL) from Motek Medical BV that will provide adedicated solution for locomotor control research and education at Alabama State University. Results: The GRAIL system has been acquired, installed, and is now able to collect data on human locomotion. We are now standardizing our operating procedures and integrating those procedures with other DoD centers (e.g. Center for the Intrepid, Walter Reed, etc.). We have also been collecting pilot data for grant applications and using the system for education and student research projects Future plans: Finalize system optimization and perform cross-center validation trials with our partner DoD centers. Continue using the system for student driven experiments, student education, and expand our work on human machine integration.


Descriptors :   laboratory equipment , Biomechanical engineering , locomotion , human machine systems , bionics , data acquisition


Subject Categories : Biomedical Instrumentation and Bioengineering
      Human Factors Engineering & Man Machine System
      Bionics
      Test Facilities, Equipment and Methods


Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE