We aim to develop and validate accurate mechanical and physiological models of standing balance that will ultimately allow retraining of a person’s ability to maintain standing balance. To achieve this goal, we are developing a novel robotic motion platform – RISER: Robot for Interactive Sensory Engagement and Rehabilitation – that allows us to investigate the human balance system in a safe, systematic and controlled manner. The RISER system allows us to manipulate and examine the relationships between the sensory inputs and locomotor outputs of a person’s standing balance control system. Inputs include vestibular sense, vision, and proprioception, while outputs include the orientation of body segments.
We plan to develop RISER into a new rehabilitation tool for retraining balance in persons suffering from a range of pathologies including incomplete spinal cord injury.
Dr. Jean-Sébastien Blouin, Associate Professor, School of Kinesiology, UBC
Dr. Elizabeth Croft, Professor, Department of Mechanical Engineering, UBC
Dr. Mike Van der Loos, Associate Professor, Department of Mechanical Engineering, UBC