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Restoring Movement and User Control of the Paralyzed Arm: BCI-commanded FES
Thursday, April 6, 2017,  3:30
Robert F. Kirsch, Ph.D.
Allen H. and Constance T. Ford Professor and Chair
Department of Biomedical Engineering
Case Western Reserve University

We have previously developed an implanted neuroprosthesis that uses functional electrical stimulation (FES) to activate the paralyzed muscles of the shoulder, arm, and hand in a coordinated manner to restore arm and hand function, and successfully deployed this system in three people with severe paralysis. We have more recently developed and deployed a FES system for the arm and hand that is controlled by the used via an intracortical brain-computer interface (BCI) to allow a user to direct the actions of their FES-restored arm and hand movements in an effective and intuitive manner.  This presentation will describe the unique control requirements for a FES-controlled arm, the development of a 192-electrode intracortical BCI to provide this control, the deployment of the combined BCI-controlled FES system in one participant, and the lessons learned to date.

Location  BME 3.204