Assessing Human-Human Kinematics for the Implementation of Robot-Assisted Physical Therapy in Humanoids: A Pilot Study

Simone Nertinger, Neha Das, Endo Satoshi, Abdeldjallil Naceri, Sandra Hirche, Sami Haddadin

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Abstract

The development of humanoids with bimanual manipulator arms may facilitate assistive robots to perform physical therapy with older adults living at home. As we assume the human-human interaction to be the gold standard of physical therapy, we propose a kinematics analysis to derive guidelines for implementing physical therapy assisted by humanoids. Therefore, a pilot study was carried out involving three physical therapists and two participants acting as exemplary patients. The study analyzes the therapists' movement strategy, including the position and orientation of the therapists' bodies in relation to the participants and the placement of the therapists' hands on the upper limb segment of the participants, as well as the inter- and intravariability during the performance of a ROM (range of motion) assessment. The results demonstrate that while physical therapists exhibit variation in their interaction strategies, they still achieve a consistently low level of variability in their manipulation space.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publication2023 International Conference on Rehabilitation Robotics, ICORR 2023
PublisherIEEE Computer Society
ISBN (Electronic)9798350342758
DOIs
StatePublished - 2023
Event2023 International Conference on Rehabilitation Robotics, ICORR 2023 - Singapore, Singapore
Duration: 24 Sep 202328 Sep 2023

Publication series

NameIEEE International Conference on Rehabilitation Robotics
ISSN (Print)1945-7898
ISSN (Electronic)1945-7901

Conference

Conference2023 International Conference on Rehabilitation Robotics, ICORR 2023
Country/TerritorySingapore
CitySingapore
Period24/09/2328/09/23

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