Kinematic modeling of head-neck movements
Ouerfelli, M., Kumar, V. and Harwin, W. S. (1999) Kinematic modeling of head-neck movements. IEEE Transactions on Systems Man and Cybernetics Part A-Systems and Humans, 29 (6). pp. 604-615. ISSN 1083-4427
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The main objective is to generate kinematic models for the head and neck movements. The motivation comes from our study of individuals with quadriplegia and the need to design rehabilitation aiding devices such as robots and teletheses that can be controlled by head-neck movements. It is then necessary to develop mathematical models for the head and neck movements. Two identification methods have been applied to study the kinematics of head-neck movements of able-body as well as neck-injured subjects. In particular, sagittal plane movements are well modeled by a planar two-revolute-joint linkage. In fact, the motion in joint space seems to indicate that sagittal plane movements may be classified as a single DOF motion. Finally, a spatial three-revolute-joint system has been employed to model 3D head-neck movements.