Constrained Dynamic Optimization of Sit-To-Stand Motion Driven by Bézier Curves

TitleConstrained Dynamic Optimization of Sit-To-Stand Motion Driven by Bézier Curves
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2018
AuthorsNorman-Gerum, V.
Secondary AuthorsMcPhee, J.
JournalASME Journal of Biomechanical Engineering
Type of ArticleJournal Article
KeywordsBiomechanics, Dynamics, Kinematics, Mechanical efficiency, Mechanics, Optimal Control, Optimization, Physiology, Preferences, Simulation

The purpose of this work is two-fold: first, to synthesize a motion pattern imitating sit-to-stand and second, to compare the kinematics and dynamics of the resulting motion to healthy sit-to-stand. Predicting sit-to-stand in simulation inspired the creation of three models: a biomechanical model, a motion model, and performance criteria as a model of preference. First, the human is represented as three rigid links in the sagittal plane. This model captures aspects of joint, foot, and buttocks physiology, which makes it the most comprehensive planar model for predicting sit-to-stand to date. Second, candidate sit-to-stand trajectories are described geometrically by a set of Bézier curves which seem well suited to predictive biomechanical simulations. Third, with the assumption that healthy people naturally prioritize mechanical efficiency, disinclination to a motion is described as a cost function of joint torques, and for the first time, physical infeasibility including slipping and falling. This new dynamic optimization routine allows for motions of gradually increasing complexity while the model’s performance is improving. Using these models and optimal control strategy together has produced gross motion patterns characteristic of healthy sit-to-stand when compared with normative data from the literature.

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