Special GRASP Seminar: Pete Shull, Shanghai Jiao Tong University, "Wearable Haptics For Clinical Applications"

Presenter: Pete Shull

Event Dates:
  Friday May 10, 2013 from 2:00pm to 3:00pm

* Alternate Location: Levine 307 (3330 Walnut Street)*

Movement is an essential part of human life. An average day flows with thousands of movements, from rolling out of bed to walking down the stairs to getting into and out of the car. Many diseases and injuries hinder or are exacerbated by movement. Osteoarthritis often worsens due to joint loading during movement. Stroke, spinal cord injury and other neurological disorders inhibit motion and reduce the sense of movement control. In sports, poor landing and cutting techniques can tear the anterior cruciate ligament (ACL), and improper running mechanics can lead to tibial stress fractures.

Wearable haptic feedback can guide and train human movements to treat disease and prevent injury. This seminar explores wearable haptics for two important and debilitating diseases: knee osteoarthritis and stroke. Recent research will be presented involving real-time feedback movement training through wearable haptic devices, kinematic and kinetic sensing, system control and biomechanical modeling. Implementation of such systems has enabled knee osteoarthritis patients to walk with less joint loading and less knee pain and has facilitated upper extremity rehabilitation for stroke victims.

Presenter's Biography:

Pete Shull is an Assistant Professor at Shanghai Jiao Tong University in the School of Mechanical Engineering. He received the Ph.D. degree from Stanford University in 2012, and the M.S. degree from Stanford University in 2008. His Ph.D. research on gait retraining for knee osteoarthritis received national attention as the feature article in National Science Foundation’s Science Nation titled, “Movement Retraining Can Reduce Knee Pain.” He has authored successful grant proposals for the National Science Foundation and the National Institutes of Health. His current research interests involve the design and implementation of wearable sensing and wearable haptic feedback systems for human movement training and assessment for musculoskeletal and neurological disease.