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An investigation into the discrete nature of human arm movements

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000128090D
Original Publication Date: 1999-Dec-31
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Sep-14
Document File: 2 page(s) / 13K

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Software Patent Institute

Related People

Doeringer, Joseph A: AUTHOR [+3]

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Abstract

Human arm movements exhibit a distinct nonsmooth or intermittent character when one engages in visual pointing, visual tracking, or visual tracing of curved shapes. If the intermittency phenomenon could be demonstrated to be part of the arm controller strategy, it would be potentially exploitable as a basis for measuring upper limb performance as well as for estimating the internal states of the arm controller. Before these applications can be addressed, however, it is necessary to determine whether movement intermittency even exists outside of visual feedback tasks.

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An Investigation into the Discrete Nature of Human Arm Movements

by

Joseph A. Doeringer
B.S. Mech. Eng., University of Illinois (1990) S.M. Mech. Eng., Massachusetts Institute of Technology (1993)

Submitted in partial fulfillment of the requirements for the degree of Doctor of Philosophy at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology February 1999
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Department of Mechanical Engineering

January 20, 1999

CERTIFIED BY: [[SIGNATURE OMITTED]]

Neville Hogan Professor Thesis Supervisor
ACCEPTED BY: [[SIGNATURE OMITTED]]

Ain A. Sonin Chairman, Department Committee on Graduate Studies ARCHIVES MASSACHUSETTS INSTITUTE OF TECHNOLOGY LIBRARIES JUL 12 1999

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An investigation into the discrete nature of human arm movements

An Investigation into the Discrete Nature of Human Arm Movements

by

Joseph A. Doeringer

Submitted to the Department of Mechanical Engineering on January 20, 1999, in partial fulfillment of the requirements for the degree of Doctor of Philosophy

Abstract

Human arm movements exhibit a distinct nonsmooth or intermittent character when one engages in visual pointing, visual tracking, or visual tracing of curved shapes. If the intermittency phenomenon could be demonstrated to be part of the arm controller strategy, it would be potentially exploitable as a basis for measuring upper limb performance as well as for estimating the internal states of the arm controller. Before these applications can be addressed, however, it is necessary to determine whether moveme...