Dr.Qi An wins a ICAM Honorable Mention for International Conference on Advanced Mechatronics (ICAM2015)
Dr. Qi An, Mr. Hiroshi Yamakawa, Associate Professor Atsushi Yamashita, ProfessorHajime Asama, Department of Precision Engineering, wins a ICAM Honorable Mention for International Conference on Advanced Mechatronics (ICAM2015).
Among published 186 papers in The 6th International Conference on Advanced Mechatronics, one Best Paper Award and nine Honorable Mention were selected based on paper reviews from more than two reviewers and evaluation of presentation by more than three referees.
In daily lives, humans do not always perform a single motion separately, but they adequately transit their motions to achieve complex movements. Although human sit-to-stand and walking motions are reported to be explained from the small number of modules (called synergy), it has not been revealed how the transit motion (sit-to-walk) is achieved. This study conducted an experiment to measure body trajectory, reaction force and muscle activation of one healthy participant during sit-to-stand, walking and sit-to-walk motions. Results showed that muscle activation during sit-to-walk motion could be explained from the muscle synergies of sit-to-stand and walking. Moreover, it was implied that each muscle synergy needed to be activated adaptively in order to generate momentum and successfully initiate the first step.
Although I have just began this study, it was great honor to have this award. I hope we could utilize our finding to evaluate motor function of the elderly and patients.