Impedance control: Learning stability in human sensorimotor control

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Abstract

The human sensorimotor control system generates movement by adapting and controlling the mechanics of the musculoskeletal system. To generate skilful movements the sensorimotor control system must be able to predict and compensate for any disturbances generated either in our own body or in the external environment. While stable and repeatable perturbations can be easily adapted through iterative learning, instability and unpredictability require a different approach: impedance control. Here I outline the arguments for impedance control as a fundamental process of human adaptation as well as describe evidence suggesting the manner in which such impedance can be learned in order to ensure the stability of the neuro-mechanical system.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publication2015 37th Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society, EMBC 2015
PublisherInstitute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Inc.
Pages1421-1424
Number of pages4
ISBN (Electronic)9781424492718
DOIs
StatePublished - 4 Nov 2015
Externally publishedYes
Event37th Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society, EMBC 2015 - Milan, Italy
Duration: 25 Aug 201529 Aug 2015

Publication series

NameProceedings of the Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society, EMBS
Volume2015-November
ISSN (Print)1557-170X

Conference

Conference37th Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society, EMBC 2015
Country/TerritoryItaly
CityMilan
Period25/08/1529/08/15

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