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Title: Effect of Assistance Timing in Knee Extensor Muscle Activation During Sit-to-Stand Using a Bilateral Robotic Knee Exoskeleton
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2021 43rd Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine & Biology Society (EMBC)
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4879 to 4882
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National Science Foundation
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