Peterpan - Consequences of Loading on Postural-Focal Dynamics

Integration of the synergy formation with neuromotor control is challenging task that only partially addressed in the scientific community. The goal is to further exploit the complex scenario and validate the results through biomechanical simulation. The metaphor associated to the integrated system is based on the animated character: Peter Pan. As the animated character cannot live without his shadows tighly linked to its body, the neuromotor control (Passive Motion Paradigm) cannot live without the integrated synergy formulation. The proposed approach for complete fulfillment of the objectives will be designed following the listed sub-tasks:

  • Validation of the extension of the PMP framework. The theoretical enhancement of the PMP framework must take into consideration tighter integration with Newtonian dynamics and specifically, the integration of inertial and interactive forces.
  • Implementation of intermittent controller for dynamic control condition of humanoid biomechanical model going beyond the hemibody representation of the body. Consequently the mechanism must be implemented on top of the body posture selection mechanism determined by whole body synergies.
  • Investigation of the effects of various ’perceptual-motor-and cognitive’ loads on resulting performance of a collection of humanoid biomechanical models. The collection of models comprises human models of different sizes and diverse body structures. The different perceptual-motor-cognition load must be classified a-priori to correctly assess their influences on the system and how their combination affect the over-all task performance. The performance assessment must be rigorously evaluated through the use of metrics. Thus the effect of adding realistic segmental loadings that approximates PPE loads needs to be classified using defined metrics