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Combining Brain-Machine Interfaces & Neuromodulation for Assistance & Rehabilitation

Iñaki Iturrate, PhD
Post-doctoral Researcher
École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne

Brain-machine interfaces (BMI) aim at restoring or rehabilitating lost motor functions after severe neurological conditions, such as spinal-cord injury, stroke, and locked-in syndrome. Dr. Iturrate will present his contributions for advancing the field from three perspectives. From an assistive perspective, with the use of artificial intelligence algorithms BMIs can control external devices and also teach neuroprosthetic devices to perform tasks. From a rehabilitative perspective, he will demonstrate how BMI-based neurorehabilitative therapy on a chronic stroke population led to significant, long-lasting and clinically relevant improvements of motor condition. Furthermore, Dr. Iturrate will introduce two novel feedback strategies for these scenarios: sensory peripheral electrical stimulation and wearable hand exoskeletons. Finally, based on recent results from a novel framework using closed-loop neuromodulation, Dr. Iturrate postulates how a synergy between neuromodulation and BMI could lead to a new generation of neuroprosthetics.

Monday, December 10, 2018 at 12:00pm to 1:00pm

Houston Methodist Hospital, Dunn Guadalupe/Pecos
6565 Fannin Street



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