Control Strategies and Artificial Intelligence in Rehabilitation Robotics


  • Domen Novak University of Wyoming
  • Robert Riener Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (ETH) in Zurich



Rehabilitation robots physically support and guide a patient's limb during motor therapy, but require sophisticated control algorithms and artificial intelligence to do so. This article provides an overview of the state of the art in this area. It begins with the dominant paradigm of assistive control, from impedance-based cooperative controller through electromyography and intention estimation. It then covers challenge-based algorithms, which provide more difficult and complex tasks for the patient to perform through resistive control and error augmentation. Furthermore, it describes exercise adaptation algorithms that change the overall exercise intensity based on the patient's performance or physiological responses, as well as socially assistive robots that provide only verbal and visual guidance. The article concludes with a discussion of the current challenges in rehabilitation robot software: evaluating existing control strategies in a clinical setting as well as increasing the robot's autonomy using entirely new artificial intelligence techniques.




How to Cite

Novak, D., & Riener, R. (2015). Control Strategies and Artificial Intelligence in Rehabilitation Robotics. AI Magazine, 36(4), 23-33.