Wearable Mechatronic Garments for Motion Assessment and Support

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Join the IEEE Toronto Instrumentation & Measurement – Robotics & Automation Joint Chapter for a technical talk on the Wearable Mechatronic Garments for Motion Assessment and Support presented by Dr. Ana Luisa Trejos.

Wednesday, August 9, 2023 @ 4:00 – 5:00 PM

Abstract: More than 3.5 billion people suffer from neurological or musculoskeletal disorders. The aging population and growing obesity rates in Canada are predicted to substantially increase the prevalence of these conditions, which result in limited mobility and a reduced quality of life. The rehabilitation programs required to recover from these conditions are expensive, time consuming, overwhelming, and limited in their effectiveness. Incomplete recovery results in chronic pain and disability associated with limited mobility that costs Canadians over $20 billion each year in direct and indirect costs.

To help patients recover fully from mobility-related disorders or to assist with long-lasting mobility issues, Dr. Trejos is leading an interdisciplinary research team focused on the design and development of wearable biomechatronic devices. The ultimate goal for these advanced technologies is to have them monitor patient performance and actively respond to their needs in real time by providing therapy, ensuring adherence and engagement, and directly communicating with clinicians. This talk will focus on presenting our progress to date at the Wearable Biomechatronics Laboratory, focusing on the design of novel unobtrusive actuators, embedded sensors for tracking patient biosignals, control systems that advance the intelligence of the devices, and user interfaces to communicate with patients and clinicians.

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  • Date: 09 Aug 2023
  • Time: 04:00 PM to 05:00 PM
  • All times are (UTC-04:00) Eastern Time (US & Canada)
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Ana Luisa Trejos, PhD. Ana Luisa Trejos, PhD.


Ana Luisa Trejos is an Associate Professor with the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering and the School of Biomedical Engineering at Western University, and the Tier-2 Canada Research Chair in Wearable Mechatronics. She received her B.Sc. degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Costa Rica in 1997, her M.A.Sc. degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of British Columbia in 2000, and her Ph.D. degree in Electrical and Computer Engineering from Western University in 2012. She has expertise in the design, development and testing of medical mechatronic systems, leading her to establish the Wearable Biomechatronics Laboratory in 2013. Her current research is dedicated to the design of wearable mechatronic devices for upper body rehabilitation and motion assistance, including wearable devices for tremor suppression and smart orthotic devices. The focus is on designing novel sensing/actuation components, creating models based on sensed biosignals, and developing intelligent control systems.