Assistive Robotic Systems for Physically Weak People

With the growing number of elderly and differently-abled citizens, the Department of Mechanical Engineering takes the pioneering steps towards solving an issue of the future.

­­In the present society, assistive robotic systems play an important role in assisting human power, human power augmentation, physical and cognitive rehabilitation, and limb restoration for amputees. The increasing numbers of elderly population, physically weak people with weak limb segments and amputees has fuelled the necessity of having anthropomorphic, dexterous assistive robotic systems. Understanding the requirement of the nation, the Department of Mechanical Engineering, University of Moratuwa has initiated research on assistive robotic systems by developing a lower limb exoskeleton system as the first step. Research is being carried out to develop robotic lower limb prosthesis, anthropomorphic robotic upper-limb prosthesis, dexterous hand prosthesis and upper-limb exoskeleton robot to assist physically weak people and amputees. Electromyogram (EMG) signals, which enunciates the exact motion intention of the user is used as the main input signal to control the robots.

The project is initiated by Dr. Ruwan Gopura and his team under the research grant from National Research Council (NRC), Sri Lanka. Grant number: 11-067.

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