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Providence VA Medical Center, Rhode Island


Gait and Motion Analysis Laboratory

Motion Capture for Rehabilitation

Located in Building 32 of the Providence VA Medical Center under the direction of Susan D'Andrea, PhD, the Gait and Motion Analysis Laboratory is a fully functional research lab focusing on rehabilitation of the musculoskeletal system.  The science of motion is studied through computerized animation with an infrared camera system, electromyogram and metabolic comparisons.

We have been able to take our technology and evaluate the effectiveness of a prosthetic or orthotic device and evaluate surgical outcomes.  Information collected in the lab can be used to drive human stimulation, design "smart" components for prosthetic llimbs and develop training tools through machine learning and sensor integration.  Motion capture can also be used to immerse a patient in a virtual environment during gait rehabilitation.

The universal theme throughout the lab is the use of motion capture technology to drive the decision making process for design and treatment.

Current Projects Inlcude:

For more information or if you are interested in participating in any of the ongoing research studies, please contact Dr. Susan D'Andrea at (401) 273-7100 ext. 6232; email: Susan.D' * or Jesse McVaneyl at (401) 273-7100 ext. 6208, or email: *


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