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$1.5M NSF Grant Awarded To Create Optimally Controlled Prosthetics

Dan Simon, Ton van den Bogert, and Hans Richter have been awarded a 4 year NSF grant to work on optimal controlled prosthesis designs. Our lab will be working on data collection and analysis for optimal walking patterns.

In June, Dan Simon, Hanz Richter and Ton van den Bogert submitted a grant proposal to NSF.  They just heard that the grant will be awarded for a 4-year period May 2014 to May 2018. The project is entitled "Optimal Prosthetic Design and Energy Recycling". You can find the project summary already on the NSF website: http://nsf.gov/awardsearch/showAward?AWD_ID=1344954

Our lab's part of the project will be to use human gait data to drive the optimization of the design and controller for a prosthetic limb with motors at the knee and ankle. The models we create will also include dynamics of electric motors and the associated circuitry for energy regeneration and any control signals that will be needed to control the energy flow.