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April 7th 2021 – Happy National Biomechanics Day! This year’s National Biomechanics Day was a major success with the establishment of the Triangle Biomechanics YouTube channel. Local biomechanists submitted videos on research topics and techniques as part of a scientific outreach effort to High School educators and students. Miranda Ludovice and James McCall participated and respectively submitted videos on muscle stretch and Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation.

 

November 29th 2020 – James Ailsworth and Derek Kamper presented at the IEEE RAS/EMBS BioRob2020 International Conference. James gave a talk on the development of an EEG-EMG-controlled hand exoskeleton for the study of stroke impairment mechanisms for the Robot-Aided Neuromechanics Workshop and presented a poster on his work. Derek gave a presentation for the Human-Centered Design and Evaluation of Wearable Arm/Hand Exos – Promoting Use and Acceptance workshop in which he described the use of a novel training platform to improve EMG control of an assistive hand exoskeleton

October 15th 2020 – James McCall’s abstract, Compliant Actuators for Hand Exoskeletons, was accepted by the International Conference on Intelligent Robots and Systems (IROS) for presentation at the Mechanisms and Design Workshop. He will give a 5-minute talk on the design, fabrication, and testing processes for highly compliant elastomer-based actuators on October 29th.

October 12th 2020 – James Ailsworth presented an abstract at the The Virtual Congress on Brain Health Innovation & Technologies. His abstract, Cognitive-Motor Interference in Chronic Stroke Patients: A Functional Connectivity Study, presented an analysis of EEG recordings from chronic stroke patients while multi-tasking.

October 2020 – We are excited to welcome Quentin Sanders to the BME department as a Postdoctoral Research Fellow. He comes to us from UC Irvine where he studied post-stroke sensorimotor deficits, and developed hand exoskeletons and soft actuators. Welcome!

September 2020 – Miranda Ludovice and James McCall participated in SciREN 2020 and presented a lesson plan on motor and sensory function of the hand to K-12 educators. The event was a great opportunity to interact with teachers and help make information about hand function more accessible. To get access the lesson plan and slides click HERE and HERE, and to get access to SciREN’s entire lesson plan repository click HERE.

August 2020 – Congratulations to Miranda Ludovice on passing oral preliminary defense on: Identifying the Neuromuscular Origins of Hand Muscle Weakness in Children with Hemiplegic Cerebral Palsy.

May 2020 – Congratulations to Janani Janagarajan Kalaivani on completing her MS in Electrical Engineering and successfully defending her thesis on: Haptic Feedback for Virtual Reality Therapy. She has accepted an offer from MathWorks (Massachusetts) as a Quality Engineer and works on Embedded Systems.

May 2020 – Congratulations to all of the undergraduate researchers who graduated this May: Jared Blaylock, Alex McKinnon, and Caleb Readling. Each of them performed excellent work in software creation, electrical design and fabrication, and finite element analysis. Alex and Jared are pursuing a Master’s degrees in Electrical engineering, and Jared is interning at Plexus Fall 2020. We wish them the best in their new careers an graduate education!

September 2019 – Congratulations to James McCall on passing his oral preliminary defense on: Evaluating and Rehabilitating Finger Force and Movement Individuation for Hemiplegic Cerebral Palsy

August 2019 – Congratulations to Mohammad Ghassemi on passing his oral preliminary defense on: Design and Control of an Assistive Myoelectric Hand Exoskeleton

June 2019 – James McCall and Miranda Ludovice presented at the 2019 International Conference on Rehabilitation Robotics (ICORR). IEEE has published the related conference proceedings on: A Platform for Rehabilitation of Finger Individuation in Children with Hemiplegic Cerebral Palsy