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Bidirectional neural interfaces and neural prostheses

In the recent past, implantable neural interfaces have been used to gather important information about the functioning of the central and peripheral nervous systems. There are also increasing evidences that they can be used to develop different classes of neural prostheses to restore sensorimotor function in people who lost them for neurological disorders and disabilities and for traumatic events such as amputation. Therefore, neural implants could have significant potential to enhance our understanding of normal and pathological states of the brain, and at the same time significantly impact the design and use of neural prosthetic devices. The aim of this presentation is to provide information about leading research activities carried out by several groups around the world working to develop more effective neural interfaces and neural prostheses. In particular, the following topics will be covered: (1) neural interfaces as enabling technologies; (2) decoding algorithms; (3) shared control between the user and the artificial device via interfaces and decoding algorithms; (4) methods and devices for sensory feedback. Particular attention will be also devoted to the possible clinical applications of this kind of technology.

Type of Seminar:
IfA Seminar
Silvestro Micera
Scuola Superiore Sant'Anna, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Aug 30, 2007   14:00

ETH Zentrum, Building ETL, room K25
Contact Person:

Dr. Th. Keller
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Biographical Sketch:
Silvestro Micera (Senior Member, IEEE) received the University degree (Laurea) in electrical engineering from the University of Pisa, Pisa, Italy, in 1996, and the Ph.D. degree in biomedical engineering from the Scuola Superiore Sant’Anna, Pisa, in 2000. From 1998 to 2001, he was the Project Manager of the EU GRIP Project (an integrated system for the neuroelectric control of grasp in disabled persons). During 1999, he was a Visiting Researcher at the Center for Sensory-Motor Interaction, Aalborg University. Since May 2000, he has been an Assistant Professor of biomechanical engineering at the Scuola Superiore Sant’Anna. He is currently involved in several projects on neurorobotics and rehabilitation engineering. His research interests include the development of neurorobotic systems (interfacing the central and peripheral nervous systems with robotic artefacts) and the development of mechatronic and robotic systems for function restoration in disabled persons. He is the author of several scientific papers and international patents. Dr. Micera is a member of the International Society for Gerontechnology. He is currently Associate Editor of the IEEE Transactions on Biomedical Engineering.