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Wearable Medical Technologies 2

Tuesday, April 10, 4:00-5:30
Ski-U-Mah, McNamara Alumni Center

Organizers: Lucy Dunne, Associate Professor, Apparel Design, University of Minnesota
Lars Oddsson, Lars Oddsson, Rehab Sciences & Technological Leadership Institute, University of Minnesota & RxFunction Inc.

"Soft Wearable Robots for the Community and the Home"
Conor Walsh, Harvard University


Session Organizer Bios:

Lucy Dunne, Associate Professor, Apparel Design, University of Minnesota
Lucy Dunne is an Associate Professor and Program Director for Apparel Design at the University of Minnesota, where she also co-directs the Wearable Technology Lab.

Lars Oddsson, Lars Oddsson, Rehab Sciences & Technological Leadership Institute, University of Minnesota & RxFunction Inc.
Lars Oddsson is a researcher in rehabilitation sciences associated with the University of Minnesota, where he also teaches in the Medical Device Innovation program at the Technological Leadership Institute. Dr. Oddsson is co-inventor of walkasins and co-founder of RxFunction, a Minnesota-based medical device startup.


Speaker Bios:

PH-FMConor Walsh, Harvard University
Conor Walsh is the founder of the Harvard Biodesign Lab, which brings together researchers from the engineering, industrial design, apparel, clinical and business communities to develop new disruptive robotic technologies for augmenting and restoring human performance. This research includes new approaches to the design, manufacture and control of wearable robotic devices and characterizing their performance through biomechanical and physiological studies so as to further the scientific understanding of how humans interact with such machines.

 


Presentation Abstracts:

"Soft Wearable Robots for the Community and the Home"
This talk will briefly given an overview of next generation soft wearable robots in development at Harvard that use soft materials such as textiles and elastomers to provide a more conformal, unobtrusive and compliant means to interface to the human body. Examples will be given for robots to assist with mobility for patients with limited walking capacity (e.g. patients poststroke, with Parkinson's Disease or the elderly) as well as grasping for those unable to perform activities of daily living (e.g. patients with muscular dystrophy or spinal cord injury).


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