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Rehabilitation Engineering: „Re-engineering“ Nervous System Functions


S. Jezernik

Switzerland, ETH Zurich, Special Series Seminar on Rehabilitation Engineering at Electrical Engineering Department, ETZ E6

In this talk I will first present three basic rehabilitation engineering principles that are typically applied in rehabilitation of neurophysiological dysfunction. The rehabilitation engineering systems based on the first principle exploit the phenomena of neural plasticity, the systems based on the second principle modify the nervous system functions by means of neuromodulation, and the systems based on the third principle represent systems that generate the desired neuromuscular functions in absence of natural control. After this introduction I will give examples of my own research dealing with external and implantable rehabilitation engineering systems using the above principles. The examples will cover rehabilitation of the central nervous system on a complex level as well as rehabilitation based on activation and sensing of the peripheral and cellular nervous system levels.


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