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Fri Mar 4

Speaker: Francisco Valero-Cuevas (University of Southern California)

Title: Reverse engineering brain control of the hand via mechatronic control of cadaveric hands.

Abstract:  I will present a short overview of techniques to drive cadaveric hand specimens using a computer controlled mechantronic system to develop functional musculoskeletal models and test theories of motor control. We treat cadaveric hands as marionettes, whose tendons we actuate directly at will. By becoming the replacement motor system, we are able to both deliver known inputs drive machine learning algorithms to extract functional computer models; and test theories of motor control without making assumptions about nature and structure of the plant. I will discuss the implications of this work to systems modeling, neural control, and understanding of neurological pathologies and rehabilitation strategies.