Neuroprostheses to Promote Communications Between the Nervous and Musculoskeletal Systems

Hangue Park, Ph. D.
Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering
Texas A&M University

Abstract
Proper communications between the nervous and musculoskeletal systems is important for movement organization using feedback and feedforward control. If these communications are disrupted by peripheral nerve injury or neuropathy, spinal cord injury, etc., the patient encounters difficulties with control of movement. These difficulties potentially could be overcome with the use of prosthetic devices that provide communication channels between the nervous and musculoskeletal systems. The prosthetic devices modulate motor commands and/or sensory feedback, based on neural signal and sensor inputs. In this talk, I will discuss the development of neuroprostheses integrated with the body and their potential for enhancements of rehabilitative outcomes and augmentations of human abilities.

About the Speaker
Hangue Park is currently an assistant professor in Electrical and Computer Engineering at Texas A&M University. He is also affiliated with the Texas A&M Institute for Neuroscience, Institute for Rehabilitation and Research (TIRR) Foundation, and Texas Brain & Spine Institute, as a research faculty. He received his Ph.D. in Electrical and Computer Engineering at Georgia Institute of Technology, in 2017. Before joining Georgia Tech, he received B.S. and M.S. in Electrical and Computer Engineering from Seoul National University, Seoul, Korea, in 2006 and 2008, respectively. He also has 5+ years of industrial experience at multiple companies including Samsung Electronics. He is a recipient of the Trainee Professional Development Award from Society for Neuroscience in 2017, the Outstanding Research Award from the Association of Korean Neuroscientists in 2016, and the Best Demonstration Award at the IEEE Biomedical Circuits and Systems Conference in 2012.

Physiology Brownbag Seminars
The Physiology Group in the School of Biological Sciences hosts Brownbag Lunchtime Seminars twice a month on Wednesdays at noon in room 1253 of the Applied Physiology Building located at 555 14th Street NW, Atlanta, GA 30318. You are welcome to bring a lunch and join us as we ruminate with us on topics in Physiology! A full listing of seminars can be found at http://pwp.gatech.edu/bmmc/physiology-brownbag-seminars-fall-2018/.

Event Details

Date/Time:

  • Wednesday, November 28, 2018
    12:00 pm
Location: Room 1253, 555 14th Street NW

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