The Automated Footwear Testing System (AFTS) is a robotic system designed to replicated the movement and loading of a shoe as it contacts the ground during common human movements. By doing so, the AFTS can serve as a system for the functional testing of different footwear designs in a manner that is difficult to achieve by standard testing systems. The AFTS consists of four main components: a robotic Stewart platform, a rigid fixed frame, a load cell and a prosthetic foot. Motion of the foot relative to the ground is created by rigidly fixing the foot to the frame and moving the platform relative to the foot. The Stewart platform has six degrees of kinematic freedom and can reproduce the required complex three-dimensional motion path within the limitations of its range of motion. While the platform is in contact with the footwear, the six-axis load cell measures the three-dimensional forces and moments acting on the prosthetic foot. For the AFTS, a movement path is specified, translated into platform coordinates and executed on the machine. During the execution, the load cell measures the forces and moments that act on the prosthetic foot. We wish to find the particular movement path of the Stewart platform that will generate the target force profile. Thus, we are interested in solving an inverse problem. The main goal of the workshop was to investigate potential solution methods for this ‘force-control’ problem, including looking into its feasibility
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