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BioMechatronics Development Laboratory

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The Biomechatronics Development Lab designs and develops advanced upper-limb prosthetic components and their associated control interfaces.

This process can be broken down into three general categories:

  • Design and development of electro-mechanical components to replace lost limb hand and arm function
  • Development of control sources and transducers necessary to interface these electro-mechanical components to the user
  • Research into the multiple input-multiple output problem needed to decipher user intent so that our advanced limb systems can be controlled

Our laboratory strives to build advanced robotic-artificial limb systems that accurately recreate the form and function of the human upper-limb lost due to amputation. Much of our research is focused on finding algorithms for the controllers of these limb systems. We have studies involving pattern recognition, muscle synergies, and real-time musculoskeletal models. To transduce user intent we are developing Implantable myoelectric sensors (IMES). IMES are small passive implantable electrodes and have been developed to inductively relay a muscle’s activity information to the prostheses controller.

DARPA Revolutionizing Prosthetics (RP 2009) Arms

​Prototype I Arm
7 DOF Arm
​Prototype II Intrinsic Hand
18 DOF Hand
​Final Prosthetic Limb Hand - 15 DOF