Neuromorphic Control System for Powered Limb Splints

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Army
Contract: W911NF-04-C-0071
Agency Tracking Number: A045-009-0121
Amount: $99,949.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: STTR
Awards Year: 2004
Solicitation Year: 2004
Solicitation Topic Code: A04-T009
Solicitation Number: N/A
Small Business Information
11481 E. Bella Vista Dr., Scottsdale, AZ, 85259
DUNS: 149645710
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: Y
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Ranu Jung
 (480) 634-6644
Business Contact
 Ranu Jung
Title: President
Phone: (480) 634-6644
Research Institution
 Arizona State University
 Lisa Mosley
 Res & Spons. Proj. Admin, P.O. Box 3503
Tempe, AZ, 85287
 (480) 965-0835
 Nonprofit college or university
AdveNsys, Inc. will join with Arizona State University to develop a neuromorphic analog system to control an actuated, lightweight, powered ankle-foot orthosis. The neuromorphically actuated orthosis will provide mobility in the battlefield for soldiers with lower-leg wounds or fractures to enable them to be evacuated with minimal medical support. This effort builds upon our expertise in modeling and design of neuromorphic controllers, design of analog hardware, design of robotic variable compliant actuators, and assessment of locomotor function and assistive devices in human subjects. The biologically-inspired controller is based upon our published pattern generating analog circuit design that reproduces physiological behavior by automatically entraining orthosis actuation to the locomotor rhythm and by resetting the controller rhythm in response to external perturbations. A variable compliant actuator to power the orthosis mimics the properties of muscles by cyclically storing/releasing energy and actively modulating compliance through the gait cycle. Human subjects testing will be performed in our rehabilitation motor control laboratory to assess the functioning of the neuromorphic control system and the actuated ankle foot orthosis. The successful demonstration of neuromorphic control of an actuated ankle-foot orthosis will form the foundation for future development of powered orthoses for civilian and military applications.

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