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    For those who are interested in collaborating this project, please contact
    Dr. Song at the address listed below. Thanks.

    >Project Title: Innovative Crutch Design for Re-hab
    >I am looking for collaborators (researcher and/or crutch manufacturer) to
    >develop an innovative crutch to assist the patient with a injured foot or
    >leg. We will develop a proposal together and submit it to funding agencies
    >and/or companies.
    >With this new crutch, the patient's body will have more "reasonable" swing
    >motion which will release much pressure under the arm(s), and in turn
    >release the pain under the arm(s). This can be achieved by a simple
    >mechanism which guide the mass center of the body to move in a certain
    >path. I have already developed a few good conceptual designs which reaquire
    >verification from gait study and experimental study.
    >In addition, an extension of the above study is to develop a shank crutch
    >(with or without hand's assistance) which will enable the patient to walk
    >in a more normal way. Furthermore, we can also look into the crutch design
    >for stair-climbing.
    >The study will include motion generation study of crutch mechanism,
    >computer-aided design of the crutch, manufacturing, gait study (in gait
    >laboratory) of persons with conventinal crutch(s), gait study of persons
    >with new crutch(s), clinic study of the patient results, and improvements
    >of the design.
    >I have worked in robotics and walking machines for close to 20 years and
    >designed and built several walking machine legs, robot arms and wrists. I
    >have extensive research experience in animal and human gait study
    >(kinematics and dynamics), as well as computer-aided design and automation.
    >Other projects I am developing include: an automatic stair-climbing dolly;
    >stair-climbing wheelchair; energy efficient oscillating walking; CMAC
    >neural network gait synthesizer; and practical walking machines.
    >The interested people should contact Dr. Simon Song at
    >(email) or
    >312-996-2427 (tel). Thank you for your attention.
    >Shin-Min (Simon) Song
    >Department of Mechanical Engineering
    >University of Illinois at Chicago
    >842 W. Taylor Street (M/C 251)
    >Chicago IL 60607-7022
    >(312)996-2427 (O)
    >(312)413-0447 (Fax)

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