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Fri, May 14

Speaker: Felix Huang, PhD

Title: Movement amplification in manual skill training

Abstract: The compelling proposition of virtual reality and robotic interfaces is that they offer the use of controlled conditions not possible with traditional means.  Perhaps these new tools can accelerate learning of new skills or the recovery of capabilities lost due to neural damage. Or perhaps they can probe the nervous system to reveal how it solves complex coordination challenges.  This presentation explores training in novel environments that while unrealistic in some regards, might accelerate the learning of strategies applicable to practical skills. With applications to surgery and manual skill retraining for stroke survivors, we examine how the motor system transfers learning from virtual to real environments.