Neuroprosthetics Symposium Agenda

February 23, 2012

Worcester Polytechnic Institute
Campus Center, Odeum (3rd Floor)

“Neural Interfaces as Enablers for Advanced Prosthetic Function”

8:00 – 8:30 am                      Registration

 8:30 – 9:00 am Welcome and Opening Remarks

Dennis Berkey, PhD, President and CEO
Worcester Polytechnic Institute

Morning Keynote Speaker

 9:00 – 9:45 am             “What Biology Teaches Us About Orthotic and Prosthetic Design”
Hugh Herr, Ph.D.
Associate Professor, Program in Media Arts and Sciences, Associate Professor, MIT-Harvard Division of Health Sciences and Technology
Massachusetts Institute of Technology

 9:45 – 10:30 am             “Neuroprosthetic Devices:  The Path from Proof-of-Concept Laboratory Demonstrations to Robust Clinical Use
Kip Ludwig, Ph.D.
Program Director, Repair and Plasticity

10:30 - 10:45 am            Break

10:45 – 11:30 am           “Hybrid biological/non-biological actuation system to enable direct integration of a prosthetic to an amputation site”
James J. Hickman, Ph.D.                                                                  
Professor, Chemistry, Biomolecular Science and Electrical Engineering,
Director, Nanoscience Technology Center 
University of Central Florida

11:30 – 12:15 pm           “Bidirectional neural interface systems enabling closed loop feedback control of prosthetic devices”
Florian Solzbacher, PhD
Director of the Utah Nanofabrication Laboratory
Co-Director of the Utah Nanotechnology Institute
President and Executive Chairman of Blackrock Microsystems and of Blackrock Neuromed
University of Utah

 12:15 pm – 12:45 pm        Lunch

 Afternoon Keynote Speaker

12:45 pm – 1:30 pm           “Revolutionizing Prosthetics”
COL Geoffrey Ling, M.D, Ph.D.
Program Manager
Defense Sciences Office

 1:30 – 2:15 pm                   “Advanced Neural Prosthetics: Prospects and Challenges”
Gerwin Schalk, Ph.D.
Research Scientist, Neural Injury & Repair
Associate Professor, School of Public Health
Wadsworth Center, New York State Department of Health

 2:15 – 3:00 pm                   “Advances in Electromyogram (EMG) Signal Analysis/Modeling and Their Application to High-Fidelity Prosthesis Control”
Ted Clancy, Ph.D.
Associate Professor
Electrical & Computer Engineering
Worcester Polytechnic Institute

 3:00 – 3:15 pm                    Break

3:15 – 4:00 pm                     “Designing Neural Circuits In Vitro”
Bruce Wheeler, Ph.D.
Professor, J. Crayton Pruitt Family Department of Biomedical Engineering,
University of Florida

4:00 – 4:45 pm                     “The BEI Center for Neuroprosthetics: Past, Present and Future”
Grant McGimpsey, Ph.D.
Vice President for Research and Sponsored Programs, Professor of Chemistry
Kent State University

5:15 pm                                Plenary Session ends

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