Bipedal Gait Characterization via Piezoelectric Ground

digital graph of a skeleton walking.

Students will use piezoelectric sensors to measure ground reaction forces (GRF's) of bipedal walking, and incorporate these measurements into a dynamical model to support Virtual Reality (VR) applications

Project is Not Currently Available

The project mentor is no longer accepting student inquires, because this project is currently at full capacity. 

Project description

The goal of this project is to utilize piezoelectric sensors to measure ground reaction forces (GRF's) of bipedal walking, and incorporate these measurements into a dynamical model to predict overall gait patterns. The applications of such a study are broad, but we seek to tailor these results for virtual reality (VR), where GRF measurements from piezoelectric sensors are used to predict or modulate the subject's motion in a virtual environment.

Project outcome

The specific outcomes of this project will be identified by the faculty mentor at the beginning of your collaboration. 

Project details

Timing, eligibility and other details
Length of commitment To be determined by student/mentor
Start time Fall, Spring, Summer
Level of collaboration To be determined by student/mentor
Benefits Academic Credit, Volunteer
Who is eligible Some experience with data acquisition (DAQ), some knowledge of electrical circuits, some computer programming, some knowledge of dynamic systems
Support Funding is available after the completion of the preparation badge. See below.

Project mentor

Aaron Estes

Assistant Professor

Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering

217 Bell Hall

Phone: 716-645-1430

Email: aaronest@buffalo.edu

Preparation

To engage with this project, you will work through a series of Project-Based Collaboration digital badges to guide your experience. These badges will:

  1. Guide you in setting your goals and intentions as well as gaining additional context,
  2. Enhance your collaboration with your mentor/partner,
  3. Support your reflection and help you integrate your learning with your academic and professional goals.

All students who wish to participate in a project on the Project Portal must first complete the Project Preparation Digital Badge. First, contact the project mentor to discuss availability and after you’ve received approval, you can start the Project Preparation Digital Badge.

Preparation guidance

The specific preparation activities for this project are being finalized by the project mentor. Once they are finalized, this section will be updated. In the meantime, please reach out to the project mentor to confirm what specific preparation activities you should complete for the Project Preparation Digital Badge.