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Title: Force-controlled Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (TMS) robotic system
Author: Wan Zakaria, Wan Nurshazwani
ISNI:       0000 0004 2731 4341
Awarding Body: University of Newcastle Upon Tyne
Current Institution: University of Newcastle upon Tyne
Date of Award: 2012
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The use of robots to assist neurologists in Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (TMS) has the potential to improve the long term outcome of brain stimulation. Although extensive research has been carried out on TMS robotic system, no single study exists which adequately take into account the control of interaction of contact force between the robot and subject’s head. Thus, the introduction of force feedback control is considered as a desirable feature, and is particularly important when using an autonomous robot manipulator. In this study, a force-controlled TMS robotic system has been developed, which consists of a 6 degree of freedom (DOF) articulated robot arm, a force/torque sensor system to measure contact force and real-time PC based control system. A variant of the external force control scheme was successfully implemented to carry out the simultaneous force and position control in real-time. A number of engineering challenges are addressed to develop a viable system for TMS application; simultaneous real-time force and position tracking on subject’s head, unknown/varies environment stiffness and motion compensation to counter the force-controlled instability problems, and safe automated robotic system. Simulation of a single axis force-controlled robotic system has been carried out, which includes a task of maintaining contact on simulated subject’s head. The results provide a good agreement with parallel experimental tests, which leads to further improvement to the robot force control. An Adaptive Neuro-Fuzzy Force Controller has been developed to provide stable and robust force control on unknown environment stiffness and motion. The potential of the proposed method has been further illustrated and verified through a comprehensive series of experiments. This work also lays important foundations for long term related research, particularly in the development of real-time medical robotic system and new techniques of force control mainly for human-robot interaction. KEY WORDS: Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation, Robotic System, Real-time System, External Force Control Scheme, Adaptive Neuro-Fuzzy Force Controller
Supervisor: Not available Sponsor: Not available
Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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