Assistive arm-exoskeleton control based on human muscular manipulability

Tadej Petrič, Luka Peternel, Jun Morimoto, Jan Babič

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This paper introduces a novel control framework for an arm exoskeleton that takes into account force of the human arm. In contrast to the conventional exoskeleton controllers where the assistance is provided without considering the human arm biomechanical force manipulability properties, we propose a control approach based on the arm muscular manipulability. The proposed control framework essentially reshapes the anisotropic force manipulability into the endpoint force manipulability that is invariant with respect to the direction in the entire workspace of the arm. This allows users of the exoskeleton to perform tasks effectively in the whole range of the workspace, even in areas that are normally unsuitable due to the low force manipulability of the human arm. We evaluated the proposed control framework with real robot experiments where subjects wearing an arm exoskeleton were asked to move a weight between several locations. The results show that the proposed control framework does not affect the normal movement behavior of the users while effectively reduces user effort in the area of low manipulability. Particularly, the proposed approach augments the human arm force manipulability to execute tasks equally well in the entire workspace of the arm.

Original languageEnglish
Article number30
Number of pages13
JournalFrontiers in Neurorobotics
Publication statusPublished - 2019


  • Arm exoskeleton
  • Exoskeleton control
  • Human-robot interaction
  • Manipulability analysis
  • Robot assistance

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