As part of an educative collaboration with Asst. Professor Zhi Li (Robotics Engineering, Worcester Polytechnic Institute, USA), researchers from Altec Inc. led a 4-part lecture series in the Synergy of Human and Robotic Systems course at WPI.
Topics included neurophysiology, exoskeleton, robotics, AI, EMG, HDs-EMG, motor units, neural interfaces and prosthesis. The lecture series featured talks by Altec researchers Paola Contessa, Michael Twardowski, and Bhawna Shiwani.
Monday, October 1st
Dr. Contessa and Mr. Twardowski's "Sensing physiological signals for human-robotics interaction" educated attendees on the bases of sensing EMG and physiological signals for investigating muscle activation and human movement, including signal quality considerations and processing for extraction of relevant information.
Wednesday, October 3rd
Ms. Shiwani and Mr. Twardowski's "Processing physiological signals for human-robotics interaction" lecture focused on the extraction of features from EMG and biomechanics signals for application in human-robotics interaction, with example applications for the detection of gait and movement alterations in motor disorders.
Monday, October 8th
Ms. Shiwani and Mr. Twardowski's "From EMG to motor units: accessing the neural control of movement" gave insights to the fundamentals of muscle physiology and the decomposition of sEMG to extract the comprising motor unit firing behavior. Followed by how the analysis of neural data can inform applications in motor control.
Wednesday, October 10th
Mr. Twardowski's "Improving neural interfaces for robotic/prosthetic control" focused on the real-time extraction of neural information of neural information from motor unit data detected non-invasively from sEMG signals for improved control of prosthetic hand devices.
For more information on the course at WPI, click here.