Neural Controller for an Artificial Limb: Development of a Bio/Robotic Interface
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NORTHWESTERN UNIV CHICAGO IL MEDICAL SCHOOL
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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.
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