We investigate basic neuromuscular mechanisms mediating movements and their changes underlying both acute adjustments (e.g. muscle fatigue) and chronic adaptations (e.g. training, stroke) (movement neurophysiology). Moreover, we develop methods to restore, replace, and modulate lost or impaired motor functions (neurotechnologies). Our approach is interdisciplinary and is based on expertise in computer modeling (bioelectricity, biomechanics, neural networks), neural signal processing (machine learning), electrode and sensor design (high-density intramuscular and surface EMG electrodes), hardware design (multi-channel general-purpose amplifiers), neurophysiology of human movement (spinal circuitries, motor units and motor neurons, motor control modularity) and neurotechnologies (FES, BCI, robotics, active prostheses).
ADVANCED CONTROL FOR INTELLIGENT PROSTHESIS
Our goal is to achieve more intuitive control thus fostering better prosthesis acceptance. To do so we combine camers, inertial, force and position sensors to implement an intelligent controller capable of perceiving and reacting to user's intention
DEVELOPMENT OF HIGH-LEVEL CONTROL STRATEGIES FOR ACTIVE PROSTHETICS AND ORTHOTICS FOR THE LOWER EXTREMITY
The goal is to develop intelligent lower limb prostheses and orthoses. In order to achieve that, biomechanical data acquisition is done by laboratory experiments. Data is extracted, processed and then analyzed to identify important gait variables which define potential inputs for developing high-level control strategies.
ADVANCED MEDICAL DATA VISUALIZATION
We study changes in the nanoarchitecture of subchondral bone (SCB) in healthy and osteoarthritis models.
AMPUTATION SURGERY AND PLASMA MEDICINE
We analyze if CAP qualify as a physical means to decrease the risk of wound healing failure in amputation surgery.