Thesis Defense Announcement for Will Carroll — 03/12/2021 at 1:00 PM

February 24, 2021

Faculty and Students,

You are cordially invited to my thesis defense.

Title: Design and Validation of an Improved Wearable Foot-Ankle Motion Capture Device using Soft Robotic Sensors

When: Friday, March 12th at 1:00 p.m.

Where: Webex:
Meeting number (access code): 120 341 8228
Meeting password: UHus9Vr

Candidate: Will Carroll

Degree: Masters, Electrical and Computer Engineering


Dr. John Ball
(Major Professor )

Dr. Reuben Burch
(Committee Member)

Dr. Ali Gurbuz
(Committee Member)

Dr. Harish Chander
(Committee Member)


Soft robotic sensors (SRSs) are a class of pliable, passive sensors which vary by some electrical characteristic in response to changes in geometry. The properties of SRSs make them excellent candidates for use in wearable motion analysis technology. Wearable technology is a fast-growing industry, and the improvement of existing human motion analysis tools is needed. Prior research has proven the viability of SRSs as a tool for capturing motion of the foot-ankle complex; this work covers extensive effort to improve and ruggedize a lab tool utilizing this technology. The improved lab tool is validated against a camera-based motion capture system to show either improvement or equivalence to the previous prototype while introducing enhanced data throughput, reliability, battery life, and durability.

Thank you,

Will Carroll