Henri Laloyaux
PhD student
Ir. at UCLouvain in 2018

Main project: Locomotion assistance through active motor primitives
Funding: EPL Assistant
Supervisor(s): Renaud Ronsse

This project is about the development and validation of a new method for assisting human locomotion with robotic devices. It will be based on so-called “motor primitives”, i.e. fundamental units of action which have been identified in the human locomotor apparatus. These primitives will be constrained to be mathematical functions with a limited number of open parameters, therefore optimizing the computational efficiency. Next, the assistance will be designed to be adaptive to the user’s particular gait and status. Finally, some primitives will be specifically developed to support the user’s balance, on top of delivering energy for assisting locomotion. These three objectives will require first theoretical developments, and then experimental validation.

IMMC main research direction(s):
Biomedical engineering
Dynamical and electromechanical systems

control systems
medical device

Research group(s): MEED


Recent publications

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Conference Papers

1. Laloyaux, Henri; Livolsi, Chiara; Pergolini, Andrea; Crea, Simona; Vitiello, Nicola; Ronsse, Renaud. Simplified Motor Primitives for Gait Symmetrization: Pilot Study with an Active Hip Orthosis. 2023 xxx.

2. Laloyaux, Henri; Ronsse, Renaud. Reconstruction of Hip Moments Through Constrained Shape Primitives. In: Biosystems & Biorobotics, 2022, 978-3-030-69546-0, p. 383-388 xxx. doi:10.1007/978-3-030-69547-7_62.

3. Laloyaux, Henri; Beatriz Sanz-Morère, Clara; Livolsi, Chiara; Pergolini, Andrea; Crea, Simona; Vitiello, Nicola; Ronsse, Renaud. Experimental Assessment of a Control Strategy for Locomotion Assistance Relying on Simplified Motor Primitives. IEEE, 2022 xxx. doi:10.1109/IROS47612.2022.9982128.

4. Heins, Sophie; Flynn, Louis; Laloyaux, Henri; Geeroms, Joost; Lefeber, Dirk; Ronsse, Renaud. Compliant Control of a Transfemoral Prosthesis by combining Feed-Forward and Feedback. In: 2020 8th IEEE RAS/EMBS International Conference for Biomedical Robotics and Biomechatronics (BioRob), IEEE, 2020, 9781728159072 xxx. doi:10.1109/biorob49111.2020.9224434.

5. Laloyaux, Henri; Ronsse, Renaud. Extraction of Simple Monophasic Motor Primitives towards Bio-Inspired Locomotion Assistance. In: 2019 IEEE International Conference on Cyborg and Bionic Systems, 2019 xxx. doi:10.1109/CBS46900.2019.9114458.