Kyungrock Kim

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In this paper, we propose a novel online gait task recognition algorithm for hip exoskeleton. The proposed algorithm provides an automatic and prompt recognition result in just one step based on the relations between both hip joint angles at the moment of foot contact. Gait task recognition is one of the challenges that walking assist devices must address(More)
In future daily life, one of the most important functionality as a household service robot may be the delivery task. Furthermore, grasping an object is the essential motion for the delivery task. To complete the ordered delivery task successfully, robot should be able to detect whether its hand is grabbing the target object or not. If the object is released(More)
This paper presents a control method for walking assist with hip-mounted exoskeleton robots. For modeling a user's current walking motion, a novel finite state machine is first constructed. We divide a walking cycle uniformly using the inevitable zero crossing events. When state transitions occur, we capture the current walking spatio-temporal sensor data(More)
This paper presents a simulation framework for pathological gait assistance with a hip exoskeleton. Previously we had developed an event-driven controller for gait assistance [1]. We now simulate (or optimize) the gait assistance in ankle pathologies (e.g., weak dorsiflexion or plantarflexion). It is done by 1) utilizing the neuromuscular walking model, 2)(More)
In this paper, we propose a novel assistance strategy for stair ascent walking using our robotic hip exoskeleton. Our strategy exploits foot contact event estimated by an inertial measurement unit (IMU) and can detect user intention as well as reflect user preference. In our strategy, a gait cycle is divided into 4 phases and the transitions between the(More)
This paper presents an adjustable knee mechanism for walking assistance devices for the elderly to provide physical gait assistance. The adjustable knee mechanism can assist in flexion/extension motions of the knee joint and compensate for the transitional movements of the knee in the sagittal plane as well as aligning the frontal plane. In order to(More)
There are many important factors in developing an exoskeleton for assisting human locomotion. For example, the weight should be sufficiently light, the assist torque should be high enough to assist joint motion, and the assistance timing should be just right. Understanding how these design parameters affect overall performance of a complex human-machine(More)
We propose a novel two-tier gait recognizer using a minimal number of mechanical sensors built into a lower limb exoskeleton. The aim of this recognizer is to offer one-step selection of one of the actions ascending, descending, and level walking during five gaits (stair ascent/descent, slope ascent/descent, level walking). The proposed recognizer is(More)
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