Neural-Mechanical Control:
Interaction Between Neural Circuits and Biomechanics

June 1-6, 1996

Deer Creek Resort and Conference Center
Mt. Sterling, Ohio
(22 miles south of Columbus)

The Engineering Foundation announces its 9th conference on "Biomechanics
and Neural Control of Movement." The intent of this conference series,
which began in 1967, is to increase the level of interaction between
engineering and life
sciences so that each may benefit from the approaches and findings of the
other fields. The life sciences have benefitted from the quantitative and
analytical approach to movement control problems characteristic of
engineering. Likewise, the engineering sciences have benefitted from the
knowledge of how nature has solved similar motor control problems. In
addition to the integrated nature of the formal presentations, the
structure of these conferences fosters close informal interaction by
providing time for ad hoc sessions and discussions in a relaxed setting.

The theme for the Ninth conference is "Neuro-Mechanical Control:
Interaction Between Neural Circuits and Biomechanics." In trying to
understand control strategies for posture and movement, researchers have
tended to focus on either the musculoskeletal system or the nervous system
component, and to treat the other component abstractly, as a type of black
box. This conference will provide a stimulating environment for exploring
how neural and mechanical systems can be synthesized to provide insight
into the control of posture and movement. In addition to achieving the
scientific benefits of integrating the two fields, the conference will
explore the long term practical benefits of such knowledge in both medical
and engineering fields.

Chair: Patrick E. Crago, Ph.D.
Biomedical Engineering Department
Case Western Reserve University
Applied Neural Control Laboratory
Charles B. Bolton Building #3480
Cleveland, Ohio 44106
Phone: 216-368-3977
Fax: 216-368-4872

Co-Chair: Jack Winters, Ph.D.
Biomedical Engineering Program
Catholic University of America
Room 105 Pangborn Hall
620 Michigan Avenue
Washington, DC 20064
Phone: 202-319-5843
Fax: 202-319-4499

For a copy of the General Announcement/Call for Abstracts, please contact
the Engineering Foundation at
Fax: 1-212-705-7441.