About this Research Topic
Restoration and adaptation of neural pathways have been the foundation to develop novel rehabilita-tion solutions for individuals with neuromotor dysfunction. Devices that restore movement capabilities involve the user volitionally commanding initiation of a specific function. The function is then con-trolled and executed by mechanical actuation of residual user capabilities with assistance from a robot-ic or assistive device. The focus of this research topic is novel investigation of applications that:
1) Utilize novel methods to detect user intent and/or augment movement output,
2) Deploy control systems with cognitive-based objectives,
3) Integrate capabilities between user and device, and
4) Develop neuromotor rehabilitation training methods that facilitate user command over their devic-es.
It is expected the implications of such work may assist those with stroke, spinal cord injury, and/or amputation. The methods may include invasive and noninvasive neural recording and stimulation methodologies, computational analysis of the same, actuation of joints, and virtual reality and robot-assisted therapies.
Keywords: Neuroprosthesis, Rehabilitation, Robotics, Prosthetics, Sensorimotor Control
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