The EPIC Lab is part of the George W. Woodruff School of Mechanical Engineering, located in the Callaway building in the heart of Georgia Tech’s main campus.
Main Experimental Space
The EPIC Lab research space sports wide range of utilities including:
- Split-belt force instrumented treadmill with incline/decline functionality (Bertec)
- Straight line walking path (~40 feet) with 18 possible force plate locations
- Turning path configuration with an additional 14 force plate locations
- Six motor Bowden-cable driven lower-limb exoskeleton/prosthesis emulator system (HuMoTech)
- 36-camera motion analysis system (Vicon)
- Ceiling mounted safety harness system (Biodex)
- Novel, custom-designed, height-adjustable terrain park
- Pressure-sensitive gait mat (ProtoKinetics)
- HTC Vive Virtual Reality System
Stability Testing Space
Adjacent to the main experimental area, the EPIC Lab also contains a Motek Computer-Aided Rehabilitation Environment (CAREN) system. The CAREN is a self-contained biomechanics lab that includes:
- 10-camera motion analysis system (Vicon)
- 16 channel EMG system (Delsys)
- Instrumented treadmill embedded in a 6 degree-of-freedom Stewart platform
- 180° projection screen
The data from all of the equipment can be integrated in real-time using Motek’s D-Flow software, which is used to operate the CAREN system.
To learn more about how robotic devices affect their human users, this state-of-the-art research space is coupled with physiological measurement systems, including:
- Metabolic consumption analysis (Parvo/COSMED)
- EMG/IMU (Delsys/Biometrics)
- Ultrasound (Telemed/SonixTouch)
These tools allow us to take a detailed look on the mechanisms behind increased human motor performance and wearable robotic assistance.
Adjacent to the experimental spaces, the EPIC Lab also contains both mechanical and electrical fabrication spaces. The lab is also a short walk away from additional fabrication resources on campus, including the Montgomery Machining Mall, Georgia Tech’s Invention Studio, and Georgia Tech Interdisciplinary Design Commons.