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Student Projects propositions for 2014 Autumn

If you are interested in one of the below projects, Semester Projects or Master Projects, please contact the first person of reference indicated in each description either by telephone, or by email, or by visiting us directly to the LASA offices. If you are looking for a project for 2015 Spring, please click here.

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Master Projects


Human Modeling for Human-Robot Interaction

OpenSim-based model for human-robot interaction.  Objective:  Developing a human model with real-time usability for analyzing human partner state in a collaborative setting with a robot. In the current project, the student will develop a simulation tool that connects accurate biomechanics simulation of the human body based on OpenSim software [1], and integrate it with real-time motion capture data for estimating the workload of multiple muscle groups in the human, and ultimately develop a multidimensional measure of the ergonomics in a task [2]. First step: developing a software framework in which a human model can be rapidly updated for different human users, that is, having the main framework which can adapt to changes of the user. e.g., amputees, limited limp motions, different inertia properties. Second step: developing a model of ergonomics which goes beyond current discrete models (REBA [2]) for achieving a continuous cost-function of the multidimensional task cost in terms of an estimated load to the human user. For further work, the student can focus on the theoretical (validity of the model in comparison with previous methods) and the practical aspects (generalization and implementation for real scenarios using existing controllers at LASA) of the project. References: [1] https://opensim.stanford.edu/ [2] https://www.inesc-id.pt/publications/13850/pdf/ [3] S. Hignett and L. McAtamney, “Rapid entire body assessment (reba),” Applied Ergonomics, vol. 31, no. 2, pp. 201–205, 2000.

Project: Master Project at EPFL
Period: 01.09.2019 - 01.05.2020
Section(s): EL IN MA ME MT PH
Type: 30% theory, 50% software, 20% implementation
Knowledge(s): C++, Python/Matlab, Robotics
Subject(s): Physical Human-Robot Interaction, Biomechanics
Responsible(s): Diego F. Paez Granados, Baptiste Busch

Last update: 09/28/2014