COMPUTATIONAL MUSCLE REFLEX MODEL OF WHEELCHAIR USERS TRAVELING IN MOTOR VEHICLES - Evaluation of the Motion and the Myoelectric Potential of People with Disabilities

Junichi Takano, Shigeru Aomura, Emiko Kikuchi

Abstract

In this study, a human motion computer model in a wheelchair was developed to evaluate the effectiveness of a seatbelt for people with disabilities traveling in a motor vehicle. The human model was composed of two rigid links and three masses. This model was characterized with muscle reflection defined by Hill’s equation. A sudden stop experiment by using a carriage on which a wheelchair was fixed with a subject was performed to obtain the human muscle parameters and to evaluate the model. Volunteer subjects including people with disabilities participated in the experiment. The motion and muscle activity of a subject wearing a seatbelt were simulated by this model. The muscle reflection of people with disabilities was stronger than that of normal people in the case of not using a seatbelt, but in the case of using a seatbelt the muscle reflection of people with disabilities was similarly weak with normal people. The result of computer simulation showed that a seatbelt is more important for people with disabilities than for normal people.

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Takano J., Aomura S. and Kikuchi E. (2009). COMPUTATIONAL MUSCLE REFLEX MODEL OF WHEELCHAIR USERS TRAVELING IN MOTOR VEHICLES - Evaluation of the Motion and the Myoelectric Potential of People with Disabilities . In Proceedings of the International Conference on Bio-inspired Systems and Signal Processing - Volume 1: BIOSIGNALS, (BIOSTEC 2009) ISBN 978-989-8111-65-4, pages 80-86. DOI: 10.5220/0001537900800086


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@conference{biosignals09,
author={Junichi Takano and Shigeru Aomura and Emiko Kikuchi},
title={COMPUTATIONAL MUSCLE REFLEX MODEL OF WHEELCHAIR USERS TRAVELING IN MOTOR VEHICLES - Evaluation of the Motion and the Myoelectric Potential of People with Disabilities},
booktitle={Proceedings of the International Conference on Bio-inspired Systems and Signal Processing - Volume 1: BIOSIGNALS, (BIOSTEC 2009)},
year={2009},
pages={80-86},
publisher={SciTePress},
organization={INSTICC},
doi={10.5220/0001537900800086},
isbn={978-989-8111-65-4},
}


in EndNote Style

TY - CONF
JO - Proceedings of the International Conference on Bio-inspired Systems and Signal Processing - Volume 1: BIOSIGNALS, (BIOSTEC 2009)
TI - COMPUTATIONAL MUSCLE REFLEX MODEL OF WHEELCHAIR USERS TRAVELING IN MOTOR VEHICLES - Evaluation of the Motion and the Myoelectric Potential of People with Disabilities
SN - 978-989-8111-65-4
AU - Takano J.
AU - Aomura S.
AU - Kikuchi E.
PY - 2009
SP - 80
EP - 86
DO - 10.5220/0001537900800086