Jan 21, 2014

Webinar: Building and Editing Dynamic Walking Models in OpenSim

Learn how to create models in OpenSim and use the Matlab scripting engine to modify them

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Title:Building and Editing Dynamic Walking Models in OpenSim
Speaker: Dr. Daniel Jacobs, University of Michigan
Time: Tuesday, January 21, 2014 at 10:00 a.m. Pacific Standard Time


Passive dynamic walkers are a class of highly efficient machines which can produce locomotion powered by a simple slope. Research on dynamic walking is a way of gaining insight into locomotion principles to aid in the design of robots, orthoses and prostheses, and exoskeletons. One of the challenges in translating research on passive dynamic walkers to research in rehabilitation robotics is modelling and tuning both the mechanical and the physiological systems together.

The goal of this webinar is to provide an introduction to building mechanical models in OpenSim to empower users to design and test assistive mechanisms with their musculoskeletal models. In this webinar, I will discuss the elements of the underlying multibody computational system in OpenSim and demonstrate how to create a model of a passive dynamic walker. I will show viewers how to use Matlab's scripting engine to modify existing models and to interface with custom code. Lastly, I'll show how to generate a rough terrain environment and set the stage for the viewers to share videos of their best walkers with the OpenSim community.

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