ALAN (Advanced upper-Limb Autonomous Neuro-rehabilitation) has been my final year project at University of Leeds as part of MEng Robotics degree. In 2016 it has won the global NI Student Design Contest and received an Engineering Impact Award at NI Week 2016 (Austin,TX). The project inolved creating two robotic arms for post-stroke rehabilitation device testing, to mimic human patients.
Project ALAN has been a multidisciplinary team development aiming to create a commercially-viable rehabilitation device for use in post-stroke patient therapy. The device effectively was a 2-DOF assistive active handle that would offer variable amount of support in reaching pre-programmed exercise targets for patients to re-gain muscle memory and neural pathways. This undertaking has also successfully delivered an advanced robotic testing solution to evaluate these rehabilitation-focused systems where long-term testing could be performed on the robotic therapy device for future medical approvals. Additionally Project ALAN explored the concept of remote robotics-enabled physiotherapy, which shows potential to allow wider access to post-stroke rehabilitation at much lower cost and higher efficiency than conventional therapy methods while addressing data security.
The paper describing work we did on this project was plublished in 2017 International Conference on Rehabilitation Robotics (ICORR) and the publication is available on IEEE.