Development of an automatic perturbator for dynamic posturographic analysis

Carlo Ferraresi, Carlo De Benedictis*, Giovanni Gerardo Muscolo, Oliviero Walter Pica, Marco Genovese, Daniela Maffiodo, Walter Franco, Maria Paterna, Silvestro Roatta, Zeevi Dvir

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The subject of this paper is a novel pneumo-tronic system aimed at applying impulsive force perturbations to the human body in order to elicit postural reactions. The development of the prototype is based on the use of a specifically realized experimental test bench. An analytical model of the whole system, including its interaction with both the subject’s body and with the operator, is briefly presented. The test bench is used to validate the model and to perform experimental trials. The results confirm the validity of the model but call for a more accurate selection of the system components and of the control logic, in order to achieve the desired performance for such a demanding application.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationNew Trends in Medical and Service Robotics
Subtitle of host publication MESROB 2020
EditorsGeorg Rauter, Philippe C. Cattin, Azhar Zam, Robert Riener, Giuseppe Carbone, Doina Pisla
PublisherSpringer Netherlands
Number of pages10
ISBN (Electronic)978-3-030-58104-6
ISBN (Print)978-3-030-58103-9
StatePublished - 2021
EventInternational Workshop on Medical and Service Robots - Basel, Switzerland
Duration: 8 Jul 202010 Jul 2020

Publication series

NameMechanisms and Machine Science
PublisherSpringer Netherlands
ISSN (Print)2211-0984


WorkshopInternational Workshop on Medical and Service Robots
Abbreviated titleMESROB 2020


  • Force impulse control
  • Human balance
  • Pneumo-tronics
  • Posturography


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