Accession Number:

ADA402726

Title:

Neural Controller for an Artificial Limb: Development of a Bio/Robotic Interface

Descriptive Note:

Final technical rept.

Corporate Author:

NORTHWESTERN UNIV CHICAGO IL MEDICAL SCHOOL

Personal Author(s):

Report Date:

2002-05-09

Pagination or Media Count:

6.0

Abstract:

This AASERT project was aimed at complementing an ongoing research project funded by ONR grant no. N00014-95-1-0571. The goal of the parent grant was twofold a to further our understanding of the organization of motor control in the spinal cord and b to develop an artificial system consistent with this understanding. The purpose of this augmentation award was to enhance the ongoing sponsored research while training a graduate student in Mechanical Engineering. The system developed thanks to the AASERT support is a hybrid device that combines living neural tissue from the sea Lamprey brainstem and spinal cord with a small mobile robot. The goal was therefore twofold 1 developing a novel device and 2 engaging a graduate student in an advance researchdevelopment project. The AASERT award has provided an extremely valuable complement of the parent grant. The research under the AASERT award led to a novel and successful line of research, aimed at the integration of living neural tissue with artificial devices. This goal has been reached and the first prototype of a hybrid system operating with a closed sensory-motor loop has been created and utilized for investigating the structure of the neural connections and the mechanisms of synaptic plasticity.

Subject Categories:

  • Medicine and Medical Research
  • Cybernetics
  • Bionics

Distribution Statement:

APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE