URE – Control and personalization of robotic knee-ankle prostheses - Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering

This project aims to implement different control methods for robotic knee-ankle prostheses and validate their performance with simulated human walking with a prosthesis. Advanced robotic knee-ankle prostheses have demonstrated their potential to restore normal walking for people with amputation, however, the personalization of the robotic prosthesis is time-consuming due to high dimensional control parameters, leading to suboptimal control and thus unsymmetrical gait. In achieving personalized robotic prostheses, this project will 1) implement variant control methods for robotic knee-ankle prosthesis, 2) validate the control methods with simulated human-prosthesis walking (e.g., loading and unloading, weight change, etc.), 3) identify the effects of control parameters on joint kinematics and kinetics, and 4) analysis and compare the performance of different control methods. The students will learn the control framework of robotic knee-ankle prostheses, attain data analysis skills, and gain hands-on experience with the robotic knee-ankle prosthesis (https://opensourceleg.com/how-to-make-osl-v2-0/) platform. The students could work on specific tasks that fall in the scope of study and align with their interests. It is desired that the students commit to work 10-20 hours/week for 15 weeks (January 8, 2024, to April 25, 2024).

Project Dates

Start Date: 1/8/2024 - End Date: 4/25/2024

Students Needed

Type of Project


Student Responsibilities

Here is a list of position responsibilities: 1. Attend project meetings 2. Conduct literature reviews 3. Implement control algorithms (in MATLAB or Python) for the robotic knee-ankle prosthesis 4. Conduct experiments to validate the performance of different control methods 5. Investigate the effects of different control parameters on joint kinematics and kinetics

Time Commitment

10 hours/week hour(s)

Student Requirements

Preferred qualifications: 1. Basic knowledge of mechanics or control 2. Programming skills in Matlab or Python 3. Experience of data analysis 4. Excellent written and verbal communication skills 5. Experience of working with PowerPoint

Interested in Working With the Following Programs

For EXCEL URE Students Only

Additional Notes

Position Overview

  • Date Posted: 09-26-2023
  • Location:
    • Orlando (Main Campus)
  • Paid: Yes