Full Stride: Advancing the State of the Art in Lower Extremity Gait Systems PDF ebook Free
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By Victoria Tepe (Editor), Charles M. Peterson (Editor)
- Hardcover:244 pages
- Publisher:Springer; 1st ed. 2017 edition (September 23, 2017)
In 2010, the US Army Telemedicine and Advanced Technology Research Center (TATRC) initiated a project known as Lower Extremity Gait Systems (LEGS) within its programmatic portfolio in advanced prosthetics. TATRC’s Advanced Prosthetics and Neural Engineering Research Portfolio Manager was Mr. Troy Turner, who first developed the project’s objectives and priori- ties “as a tangle of lines and a jumble of words on a whiteboard” (Fig. 1) and then depicted its landscape of concerns as a conceptual component map (Fig. 2). His goal was to envision and describe a lower-limb prosthetic system comprised of scalable, manufacturer-agnostic, interoperable devices capable of sharing operational data, sensor data, and power. As an essential theme to inspire development of such a system by researchers and engineers, the LEGS project would also champion an adaptive, user-centric approach to design. The LEGS project exemplified TATRC’s commitment to technology- inspired change and its dedication to “cultivate great ideas, providing free- dom to explore new concepts and harbor the zealots to champion them past institutional barriers to change” in military medicine (Grundfest et al. 2012). TATRC often executed its organizational mission with an emphasis on inter- disciplinary collaboration, bringing together diverse experts and bold think- ers to target specific problems of military medical importance. Applying this same approach over a 2-year period from 2010 to 2012, TATRC sponsored a series of three LEGS technical meetings to address objectives that were defined and overseen by strategic planning committee experts from the Department of Defense (DoD), National Institutes of Health (NIH), US Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), and academic research labs.