Advanced Prosthetic Gait Training Tool
Final rept. 20 Aug 2010-19 Aug 2011
IOWA UNIV IOWA CITY
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The objective of our study is to produce a computer-based Advanced Prosthetic Gait Training Tool to aid in the training of clinicians at military treatment facilities providing care for wounded service members. In Year 1 of the effort, significant work was completed at the University of Iowa Center for Computer-Aided Design CCAD, the University of Iowa Orthopedic Gait Analysis Laboratory OGAL, and the Military Performance Laboratory MPL. A representative set of motion capture sequences was provided by MPL to CCAD and OGAL. CCAD s work focused on imposing these sequences on the SantosTM digital human avatar. An initial user interface for the training application was also developed. These data were then provided to researchers from OGAL and MPL to support an assessment of the ability of trained clinicians to observe and accurately identify gait deviations in the target environment. Researchers at OGAL also embarked on a program to develop a web-based questionnaire to identify the sensitivity of gait experts to detect variations in gait using the Santos software. The information gathered from this approach during the next phase will be used to identify a set of gait profiles and to develop the training and evaluation questionnaire. The current state of the training tool thus demonstrates the ability of the three different groups to work together to accomplish the ultimate objective this multi-year project.
- Medicine and Medical Research
- Computer Programming and Software