Human-centered design of wearable neuroprostheses and exoskeletons

Jose L. Contreras-Vidal, Atilla Kilicarslan, He Huang, Robert G. Grossman

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Human-centered design of wearable robots involves the development of innovative science and technologies that minimize the mismatch between humans' and machines' capabilities, leading to their intuitive integration and confluent interaction. Here, we summarize our human-centered approach to the design of closed-loop brain-machine interfaces powered prostheses and exoskeletons that allow people to act beyond their impaired or diminished physical or sensorimotor capabilities. The goal is to develop multifunctional human-machine interfaces with integrated diagnostic, assistive, and therapeutic functions. Moreover, these complex human-machine systems should be effective, reliable, safe, and engaging and support the patient in performing intended actions with minimal effort and errors with adequate interaction time. To illustrate our approach, we review an example of a user-in-the-loop, patient-centered, noninvasive BMI system to a powered exoskeleton for persons with paraplegia. We conclude with a summary of challenges to the translation of these complex human-machine systems to the end user.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)12-22
Number of pages11
JournalAI Magazine
Issue number4
StatePublished - Dec 1 2015

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Artificial Intelligence


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