Raul Ordonez, Ph.D, S.M, Electrical and Computer Engineering Department Temesguen Kebede, Ph.D, S.M., Robotics Laboratory
The medical industry is constantly performing research and trying to combat various diseases that afflict humans. Despite advancements in technology, there still remain diseases that have no cure but seem prime candidates for neurologically controlled robots. One such category of diseases consists of various muscular dystrophic diseases. Diseases such as ALS and Parkinson’s have limited options regarding treatment, but by brain controlled interfaces (BCI’s), robotics can help mitigate the impact on a patient’s quality of life. By utilizing a functioning mind, an electroencephalographic (EEG) helmet can be used to control various exoskeletal systems and even prosthesis in order to compensate for a damaged motor system. Through the use of neurologically controlled robotics, a user’s motor control and motor strength can be rehabilitated and maintained despite the effects of muscular dystrophic diseases. The goal of this project is to use this experiment to demonstrate the current effectiveness of brain actuated robotics and telepresence that utilize an EEG Sensor. From this assessment, recommendations and further improvements can be made to this existing technology for it to be better suited for electrical engineering and biomedical applications, while simultaneously taking the technology into a new realm of application.
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Electrical and Computer Engineering
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