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Motion planning of upper-limb exoskeleton robots : a review

Clautilde Nguiadem, Maxime Raison and Sofiane Achiche

Article (2020)

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Background: Motion planning is an important part of exoskeleton control that improves the wearer’s safety and comfort. However, its usage introduces the problem of trajectory planning. The objective of trajectory planning is to generate the reference input for the motion-control system. This review explores the methods of trajectory planning for exoskeleton control. In order to reduce the number of surveyed papers, this review focuses on the upper limbs, which require refined three-dimensional motion planning.

Methods: A systematic search covering the last 20 years was conducted in Ei Compendex, Inspect-IET, Web of Science, PubMed, ProQuest, and Science-Direct. The search strategy was to use and combine terms “trajectory planning”, “upper limb”, and ”exoskeleton” as high-level keywords. “Trajectory planning” and “motion planning” were also combined with the following keywords: “rehabilitation”, “humanlike motion“, “upper extremity“, “inverse kinematic“, and “learning machine “.

Results: A total of 67 relevant papers were discovered. Results were then classified into two main categories of methods to plan trajectory: (i) Approaches based on Cartesian motion planning, and inverse kinematics using polynomial-interpolation or optimization-based methods such as minimum-jerk, minimum-torque-change, and inertia-like models; and (ii) approaches based on “learning by demonstration” using machine-learning techniques such as supervised learning based on neural networks, and learning methods based on hidden Markov models, Gaussian mixture models, and dynamic motion primitives.

Conclusions: Various methods have been proposed to plan the trajectories for upper-limb exoskeleton robots, but most of them plan the trajectory offline. The review approach is general and could be extended to lower limbs. Trajectory planning has the advantage of extending the applicability of therapy robots to home usage (assistive exoskeletons); it also makes it possible to mitigate the shortages of medical caregivers and therapists, and therapy costs. In this paper, we also discuss challenges associated with trajectory planning: kinematic redundancy and incompatibility, and the trajectory-optimization problem. Commonly, methods based on the computation of swivel angles and other methods rely on the relationship (e.g., coordinated or synergistic) between the degrees of freedom used to resolve kinematic redundancy for exoskeletons. Moreover, two general solutions, namely, the self-tracing configuration of the joint axis and the alignment-free configuration of the joint axis, which add the appropriate number of extra degrees of freedom to the mechanism, were employed to improve the kinematic incompatibility between human and exoskeleton. Future work will focus on online trajectory planning and optimal control. This will be done because very few online methods were found in the scope of this study.

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automatic systems; trajectory planning; exoskeleton; imitation learning; inverse kinematics; machine learning

Subjects: 2100 Mechanical engineering > 2100 Mechanical engineering
2600 Robotics > 2602 Flexible robots
Department: Department of Mechanical Engineering
Research Center: Other
PolyPublie URL: https://publications.polymtl.ca/9364/
Journal Title: Applied Sciences (vol. 10, no. 21)
Publisher: MDPI
DOI: 10.3390/app10217626
Official URL: https://doi.org/10.3390/app10217626
Date Deposited: 29 Aug 2023 13:07
Last Modified: 07 Apr 2024 00:11
Cite in APA 7: Nguiadem, C., Raison, M., & Achiche, S. (2020). Motion planning of upper-limb exoskeleton robots : a review. Applied Sciences, 10(21), 21 pages. https://doi.org/10.3390/app10217626


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