Researchers have developed the open-source framework MyoSuite, which combines advanced musculoskeletal models with advanced artificial intelligence (AI). Researchers at Meta’s Artificial Intelligence Research Lab (Facebook) in the U.S. and at the University of Twente’s Neuromechanical Modelling and Engineering Lab in the Netherlands – led by Prof.dr.ir Massimo Sartori – have developed the AI-powered digital models in MyoSuite that can learn to execute complex movements and interactions with assistive robots; that would otherwise require long experimentations on real human subjects
What are open-source framework MyoSuite?
Open-source framework MyoSuite is a platform for developing realistic virtual characters that feel like humans. It covers the entire human body (rigid or soft) and its movements.
MyoSuite shows how data sets on human subjects can be linked to a digital model, so users with no programming knowledge can bring to life digital humans that realistically move like real people.
Open-source framework MyoSuite allows both researchers and hobbyists to use their own force-tracking sensors (commercial or non-commercial) to build customized digital models of themselves, friends or family members.
Stating that modeling and simulation are now as important to human health technologies as they have been for the advancement of modern automotive industry, Prof. Massimo Sartori says, “If we could predict the outcome of a robotic therapy beforehand, we could optimize it for a patient and deliver a truly personalized and cost-effective treatment”.
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What can you do with MyoSuite?
The researchers say that MyoSuite supports the co-simulation of AI-powered musculoskeletal systems physically interacting with assistive robots such as exoskeletons. They also claim that, with MyoSuite, you can simulate biological phenomena, e.g., muscle fatigue, muscle sarcopenia, tendon tear and tendon reaffirmation.
In addition to that, you can simulate how assistive robots could be designed and controlled to restore movement following impairment.
According to the researchers, the AI-powered behaviors are realistic because of the physiological correctness of our neural and muscular models and the physical realism of our simulations.
Future implication of the development
MyoSuite can open new avenues in reducing iteration cycles for the design of exoskeleton and robot-aided treatments. It would otherwise need long experimentations with real subjects. The researchers say they hope that diverse features supported by their framework will open new opportunities in understanding neuromechanical systems interacting with artificial robotic agents.
In addition to this, this development could lead to the creation of open-source application for prosthetic rehabilitation, robotic arms and other assistive technologies.
Researchers point out that MyoSuite could be used to study the interaction between artificial agents, natural systems and people with neurorehabilitation/neurotechnology applications.
So, the development of MyoSuite allows us to develop advanced characters and assistive robots that simulate how our body works. It can be useful in many fields, including robotics, biomechanics, rehabilitation robotics, biotechnology and more. Consequently, the development of MyoSuite can bring an improvement in the research and development of applications for human health.