Dr. Robert F. Kirsch
Allen H. and Constance T. Ford Professor and Chair
of Biomedical Engineering
Case Western Reserve University
Executive Director, Center of Excellence on Functional Electrical Stimulation
Department of Veterans Affairs, Rehabilitation Research and Development Service
Reanimation and user control of the paralyzed arm
We have been working for more than 15 years to develop an implanted neuroprosthesis that uses functional electrical stimulation (FES) to activate the paralyzed muscles of the shoulder, arm, and hand to restore arm and hand function. I will describe the use of modeling and simulation to establish initial feasibility of the FES system, the development and acquisition of the necessary implantable devices for delivering the FES, the development of control systems capable of appropriately coordinating the stimulation, and the final integration of these components into a functional system deployed in three people with high cervical spinal cord injury. I will also describe the implementation and evaluation of an intracortical brain interface to allow the user to direct the actions of their arm and hand in an effective and intuitive manner.