Department of Biomedical Engineering - Distinguished Lecture Series: Restoring movement and user control of the paralyzed arm by Robert Kirsch, PhD, Case Western Reserve University

Monday, December 11, 2017
4:00 pm to 5:00 pm
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GP 1002

Lecture by Robert Kirsch, PhD, Case Western Reserve University, on using BCI-commanded FES to restore movement and user control of the paralyzed arm.

Abstract: We have previously developed an implanted neuroprosthesis that uses functional electrical stimulation (FES) to activate the paralyzed muscles of the shoulder, arm, and hand in a coordinated manner to restore arm and hand function, and successfully deployed this system in three people with severe paralysis. We have more recently developed and deployed a FES system for the arm and hand that is controlled by the used via an intracortical brain-computer interface (BCI) to allow a user to direct the actions of their FES-restored arm and hand movements in an effective and intuitive manner.  This presentation will describe the unique control requirements for a FES-controlled arm, the development of a 192-electrode intracortical BCI to provide this control, the deployment of the combined BCI-controlled FES system in one participant, and the lessons learned to date.

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