Biodesign Center Cited in EMBO Report

Biodesign Center Cited in EMBO Report

February 9, 2006

February 8, 2006

Kimberly Ovitt, Director of Communication & Institutional Advancement
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The Center for Rehabilitation Neurosciences and Rehabilitation Engineering's work in the area of computer-brain interfaces recently was cited in a publication by the European Molecular Biology Organization (EMBO). The article, which appeared in EMBO Reports in December 2005, discusses key challenges in developing devices that could be controlled by the brain to operate prosthetic limbs or other assistive devices. Such devices would mean significant improvements for people living with spinal cord injury or limb amputation, and recent advances are promising. The primary question is how to best tap the brain's signals to provide maximum results. Many current efforts focus on mapping thought patterns and using this information to interpret a person's intent, which would normally be transmitted from the brain to the body. This requires some training on the part of the user and the signals are less exact than desired. The center uses a different approach that attempts to detect intent at the subconscious level, just as the brain would normally control movement. Read More from EMBO »


Written by: Joe Caspermeyer