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01-21-2004, 12:32 PM
Dear Panagiotis,

your may also want to look at the work by Andrew Schwartz (now at the Univ of Pittsburgh) and his group (Taylor, Helms Tillery) on the cortical control of a robot arm in real time. The addition of a gripper on a cortically controlled robot was a significant contribution to the peer-reviewed literature. You may also want to look at the work done by the group at Brown (Donoghue, Hatsopoulos, et. al).


Marco Santello, PhD
Motor Control Lab
Department of Kinesiology
The Harrington Department of Bioengineering
Arizona State University
Tempe, AZ 852-0404
ph.: (480) 965-8279
fax: (480) 965-8101
email: marco.santello@asu.edu
webpage: http://www.public.asu.edu/~marco1

----- Original Message -----
From: "Panagiotis Artemiadis"
Sent: Wednesday, January 21, 2004 9:54 AM
Subject: [BIOMCH-L] Neuro-questions

Dear Sirs,

I am a PhD Candidate at the Control System Laboratory of the Mechanical
Department, National Technical University of Athens. I am doing a research
deals with robotics and neuroscience.

I would like to have some answers at the follwing topics :

1) Is it possible to have a mapping of brain areas regarding the desired
movement? That is, is it
possible to record signals from brain areas, and to translate them to the
stimulation of a muscle?
How exact are these signals? How can we acquire these signals? Invasive or
non-invasive methods
of interfacing? For example, with an electrode at a specific area of primary
motor cortex, can we
detect the movement of a finger? Or the stimulation of the biceps muscle?

2) Are these signals transfered through neurons' axons to the relevant
muscle? I mean, if we can not
record these signals from the primary motor cortex, are we able of acquiring
these signals from
the Peripheral Nervous System? How this can be done? Is the sEMG a possible

3) Can we detect (by processing or not) some characteristics of motion into
these signals? For
example, is a characteristic of a signal depicts the torque or velocity of
the movement of the arm?

4) Can an EEG prove usefull to the above mentioned signal-to-movement
translation? What other
methods exist?

Thank you in advance for your prompt reply


Panagiotis K. Artemiadis
PhD Candidate
Control Systems Laboratory
Mechanical Eng. Dept
National Technical University of Athens
9 Heroon Polytechniou Str.,
Zografou Athens 15700

Phone : ++30 - 210 - 7723656

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