[PAST] Functional Electrical Stimulation for Restoration of Arm Function
[PAST] Functional Electrical Stimulation for Restoration of Arm Function [962]
2013 / 11 / 01 / PM 3:00
Location: 301 - 1420
Speaker: Kevin Lynch
Kevin Lynch is a professor of mechanical engineering in the McCormick School of Engineering and Applied Science at Northwestern University, where he is codirector of the Northwestern Institute on Complex Systems (NICO) and the Neuroscience and Robotics Lab. His research focuses on robot manipulation and locomotion, self-organizing multi-agent systems, bio-inspired sensing and control, and functional electrical stimulation for restoration of human function. He is a Senior Editor of the IEEE Transactions on Automation Science and Engineering, co-author of The Principles of Robot Motion (MIT Press, 2005), an IEEE fellow, and the recipient of Northwestern's Professorship of Teaching Excellence and the engineering Teacher of the Year award. He earned a BSE in Electrical Engineering from Princeton University and a PhD in Robotics from Carnegie Mellon University.


In this NSF-funded project, we are attempting to restore functional use of one arm to a subject with high spinal cord injury. The approach is based on Functional Electrical Stimulation (FES) using surgically implanted electrodes. I will describe the challenges and our progress toward achieving this goal, including user intent sensing, system identification, and force control. This is joint work with my students Eric Schearer and Yu-Wei Liao, as well as Eric Perreault, Matt Tresch, Lee Miller, and Konrad Koerding at Northwestern University and the Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago and Bob Kirsch of Case Western Reserve University.