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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)
In the present paper, a novel and reliable tactile sensor is proposed to provide the required tactile feedback to the surgeon allowing the annuloplasty surgery to be performed by Minimally Invasive Surgery (MIS) techniques. The proposed sensor can differentiate between the hardness of different kind of elastomers. The structure of the sensor is very simple(More)
Platforms capable of generating a rich haptic feedback are usually quite expensive and under strict proprietary protection. In addition, most of them are not portable and do not deliver a fully integrated force, tactile and visual user experience. In an attempt to break through these limitations, we have created the Haplet: an open-source, portable and(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)
BACKGROUND Currently, most of mitral valve annuloplasty surgeries are performed by using open heart surgery. However, if such operation would be performed by using minimally invasive surgery via catheter-based techniques (CBT), it offers various advantages for both surgeons and patients. METHODS Two piezoresistive force sensors are used in the structure(More)
A novel approach is proposed for the modeling of rigid-wheel and soft-soil interaction to efficiently compute normal and shear stress distributions in the contact area. The authors propose a velocity field in the vicinity of the contact area based on the physical nature of the problem. Thereupon, the incremental changes to the stress field are computed by(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)