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Subject/Keyword
amputee
virtual
training
learning aids
myoelectric
rehabilitation
Type of item
Thesis
Degree grantor
University of Alberta
Author or creator
Dawson, Michael R
Supervisor and department
Carey, Jason P. (Mechanical Engineering, University of Alberta)
Fahimi, Farbod (Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, University of Alabama in Huntsville)
Examining committee member and department
Sutton, Richard S. (Computing Science, University of Alberta)
Behzadipour, Saeed (Mechanical Engineering, University of Alberta)
Department
Department of Mechanical Engineering
Specialization

Date accepted
2011-01-25T21:56:51Z
Graduation date
2011-06
Degree
Master of Science
Degree level
Master's
Abstract
Above-elbow myoprostheses aim to restore the functionality of amputated limbs and improve the quality of life of amputees. By using electromyography electrodes attached to the surface of the skin, amputees are able to control motors in myoprostheses by voluntarily contracting the muscles of their residual limb. An advance in myoelectric control called targeted muscle reinnervation (TMR) reinnervates severed nerves into healthy muscle tissue and increases the number of muscle sites available for use in control purposes. In order to improve rehabilitation after TMR surgery, an inexpensive myoelectric training tool has been developed in collaboration with the Glenrose Rehabilitation Hospital that can be used by TMR patients for biofeedback applications. The training tool consists of a robotic arm, signal acquisition hardware, controller software, and a graphical user interface. This dissertation describes the design and evaluation of the training tool and its use as a research platform for testing novel controllers.
Language
English
DOI
doi:10.7939/R3P13J
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License granted by Michael Dawson (mrd1@ualberta.ca) on 2011-01-24T23:30:13Z (GMT): Permission is hereby granted to the University of Alberta Libraries to reproduce single copies of this thesis and to lend or sell such copies for private, scholarly or scientific research purposes only. Where the thesis is converted to, or otherwise made available in digital form, the University of Alberta will advise potential users of the thesis of the above terms. The author reserves all other publication and other rights in association with the copyright in the thesis, and except as herein provided, neither the thesis nor any substantial portion thereof may be printed or otherwise reproduced in any material form whatsoever without the author's prior written permission.
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