Intelligent Systems and Technologies in Rehabilitation Engineering

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  • Offers broad, up-to-date coverage of innovations in rehabilitation engineering
  • Emphasizes the main principles of intelligent technologies in prosthetics and rehabilitation with an application-driven-rather than technology-driven-approach
  • Includes an introductory chapter that outlines the historical development of the field, describes the various technologies, and discusses future directions
  • Addresses underlying principles, design, practical applications, and assessments of the results
  • Summary

    Prostheses, assistive systems, and rehabilitation systems are essential to increasing the quality of life for people with disabilities. Research and development over the last decade has resulted in enormous advances toward that goal-none more so than the development of intelligent systems and technologies.

    In the first truly comprehensive book addressing intelligent technologies for the disabled, top experts from around the world provide an overview of this dynamic, rapidly evolving field. They present state-of-the-art information on the latest, innovative technologies and their applications in various systems designed to better the lives of the disabled.

    From the underlying principles to the design, practical applications, and assessment of results, Intelligent Systems and Technologies in Rehabilitation Engineering offers broad, pragmatic coverage of the field. It incorporates the most recent advances in sensory and limb prostheses, myoelectric control systems, circulatory systems, assistive technologies, and applications of virtual reality.

    Rapid progress demands a concerted effort to keep up with the latest developments so they can begin to serve their purpose and improve the lives of the disabled. By incorporating details of the latest and most important advances into one volume, Intelligent Systems and Technologies in Rehabilitation Engineering makes that undertaking essentially effortless.

    Table of Contents

    New Technologies in Rehabilitation: General Trends
    A Retinal Prosthesis to Benefit the Visually Impaired
    Intelligent Techniques in Hearing Rehabilitation
    Sensory Feedback for Lower Limb Prostheses
    Multifunction Control of Prostheses using the Myoelectric Signal
    Selective Activation of the Nervous System for Motor System Neural Prostheses
    Upper Limb Myoelectric Prostheses: Sensory Control System and Automatic Tuning of Parameters
    Computer-Aided Support Technology for Artificial Heart Control: Diagnosis and Hemodynamic Measurements
    Diaphragm Pacing for Chronic Respiratory Insufficiency
    Intelligent Systems in Heart Pacemakers
    Service Robots for Rehabilitation and Assistance
    Computerized Obstacle Avoidance Systems for the Blind and Visually Impaired
    Advanced Design Concepts for a Knee-Ankle-Foot Orthosis
    Index of Acronyms and Abbreviations
    Index of Terms