Whitaker International Fellow, 2006-07
Home Institution: University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign
Host Country, Institution: United Kingdom, University of Salford
Project Title: User-Responsive Prosthetic for Lower Extremities
This project will study the influence of various prosthetic components, properties, and devices on energy expenditure of the user. The subjects observed in this investigation will include a diverse population of above and below knee amputees. This knowledge will be used to develop a user-responsive, lower-limb prosthetic that modifies component parameters as a result of real-time, bio-feedback measurements. Such a device will continuously monitor physiological parameters to ensure that a minimal energy-usage level can be maintained. This will guarantee that users are never over-exerting themselves and incurring potentially harmful stresses, regardless of user age, amputation level, or environment.