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
PACEMAKERS AND LIFE-SUSTAINING DEVICES
Computer-Aided Support Technology for Artificial Heart Control: Diagnosis and Hemodynamic Measurements
Diaphragm Pacing for Chronic Respiratory Insufficiency
Intelligent Systems in Heart Pacemakers
ROBOTIC SYSTEMS AND ADVANCED MECHANICS
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