Professor of Mechanical Engineering and Smart Structures, School of Computing Engineering and Mathematics, Western Sydney University, Australia. His research interests cover Industry 4.0, Additive Manufacturing, Advanced Engineering Materials and Structures (Metals and Composites), Multi-scale Modelling of Materials and Structures, Metal Forming and Metal Surface Treatment.
Abstract— Fall accident often results in a serious damage to physically weak persons such as elderly persons. It is important to understand the mechanisms of human fall accident motion and recovery motion to prevent the fall accident. In order to study those mechanisms, external disturbance force is given to a walking person using a lower-limb exoskeleton robot to generate the falling accident motion on purpose and analyze the recovery motion in this study. By applying the lower-limb exoskeleton robot, any disturbance force can be added at any timing to the person during walking. The results of this study are used to provide the fall prevention algorithm in the lower-limb power-assist exoskeleton robot. Furthermore, the results could be used for physical training for elderly persons to prevent falling accident.
Index Terms— falling accident, fall prevention, trip recovery, walking, lower-limb exoskeleton, robots
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