Science Café: Wearable Robotics
Join scientists from the Human PoWeR (Physiology of Wearable Robotics) Lab for a demonstration of a thought-controlled, lightweight, air-powered exoskeleton. This device, designed to assist or enhance human movement, uses a non-invasive technique called surface electromyography (EMG) to turn motor commands from the spinal cord into controlled muscle movement of the legs. Attendees can even “test-drive” our thought-controlled artificial muscles!
About our Speakers
Gregory S. Sawicki is an assistant professor of Biomedical Engineering at NCSU, and Director of the Human PoWeR Laboratory, part of the newly established Rehabilitation Engineering Center in the Joint Department of Biomedical Engineering at NC State and UNC Chapel Hill. He earned his PhD in Human Neuromechanics at the University of Michigan and did his postdoctoral work in Integrative Biology at Brown University. The overall goal of Dr. Sawicki’s laboratory is to use biological principles to develop better lower-limb robotic devices to assist both healthy and impaired human locomotion (e.g. post-stroke).
Ben Robertson graduated from Emory University in 2008 with a BS in Applied Physics. Following graduation, he had a two-year fellowship at the Walter Reed Army Institute of Research in the Division of Brain Dysfunction and Blast Injury. Robertson is currently a third-year PhD student in the Human PoWeR Laboratory.
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Science Cafés happen every Thursday night at the Museum!