Liberty Robotic Rehabilitation Platform: a novel robotic system for early full-body rehabilitation
There are many rehabilitation robotic systems available on the market to provide therapy only for the lower limbs or for the upper limbs, but there is no system that can produce coordinated arm-leg training. Recent neurophysiological research revealed “interlimb neural coupling” during walking and proposed that synchronised arm and leg movement should be practised even during the early post-injury phase to promote neural plasticity. The overall aim of this project is to develop a novel robotic rehabilitation device that serves as a platform for intensive, bed-based full-body (arm-leg) rehabilitation of patients with severe disability and functional impairments. This talk will present the general concept of the robotic system, different prototypes, and the preliminary test results. The potential impacts of this project will also be discussed.
In 2012, Dr. Fang received her PhD degree in Biomechanical Engineering from the Centre for Rehabilitation Engineering, School of Engineering, University of Glasgow, UK. From October 2011 to April 2015, she performed further research on rehabilitation engineering firstly at the Institute for Rehabilitation and Performance Technology IRPT, Bern University of Applied Sciences, Switzerland, and then at the Institute of Rehabilitation Engineering, Shanghai Jiao Tong University, China. From April 2015 to February 2018, Dr. Fang worked as an assistant professor at the School of Mechanical Engineering, Jiangnan University, China. Since March 2018 she has worked at the Institute for Rehabilitation and Performance Technology IRPT, Bern University of Applied Sciences, to continue her research on the development and clinical application of rehabilitation robotics systems.