József Kövecses

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Computer simulations are playing an increasingly important role in solving complex engineering problems, and have the potential to revolutionize experimentally-based medical decision making and treatment design. Experiments alone provide important but limited understanding of movement dynamics. Although we can measure some quantities, such as muscle(More)
A novel approach is proposed for the modeling of rigid-wheel and soft-soil interaction using infinitesimal plasticity theory. Our motivation is the need to have a model compatible with dynamic models of multibody systems. The idea is to use a prescribed velocity field in the vicinity of the contact area based on the physics of the problem, and find the(More)
— The device dynamics of haptic systems play a crucial role in the performance of the human user. Typical operation of a haptic device during simulation requires the user to perform common tasks that constitute the bases for all user actions. These common tasks include manipulation, selection, and navigation. Navigation requires the user to transition the(More)
Gait analysis of patients with neurological disorders, including multiple sclerosis (MS), is important for rehabilitation and treatment. The Mircrosoft Kinect sensor, which was developed for motion recognition in gaming applications, is an ideal candidate for an inexpensive system providing the capability for human gait analysis. In this research, we(More)
In this work, a multibody dynamics model of a wheeled mobile robot is developed to characterize the terrain reaction forces in terms of the physical and control parameters of the system. A common strategy for simulating the motion of mobile robots on soft soil is to compute the soil reaction forces using terramechanics models and to solve a forward dynamics(More)
In this work we present a method of systematically selecting regions of a haptic workspace to be used for navigation of large virtual environments. Existing navigational techniques require the partitioning of the workspace into a region of manipulation and a separate region for navigation tasks. These techniques, however, have neglected to describe an(More)