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Prosthetics & Orthotics

Touch project: sensory feedback from prostheticApproaches to increase independence and enhance quality of life after amputation or paralysis, including dynamic exoskeletal devices for enhanced mobility, neural implants for restoring natural sensation or muscle function, novel materials for prosthetic liners and reconfigurable walking aids for uneven surfaces or stair climbing.

Prosthetics & Orthotics Project Overviews

Health Maintenance & Monitoring

Wireless health monitoring and maintenanceWe're developing wireless implanted pressure monitoring microsystem for chronic monitoring of unstable conditions without indwelling catheters, a device to provide pressure feedback for other treatment modalities and a disposable, integrated surface electrotherapy delivery system for accelerated wound healing.

Health Maintenance & Monitoring Project Overviews

Neural Interfaces

Nerve cuff - technology for communicating with nervesMethods of extracting signals from the cortex for controlling assistive devices or detecting and diagnosing dysfunctional cortical activity and microsystems designed to promote cortical rewiring and facilitate adaptive neural plasticity. Optimizing the design of high density flat nerve interface electrodes for selectively activating the femoral and sciatic nerves in motor system neuroprostheses for standing and walking and the sensory nerves of the brachial plexus to provide natural sensory feedback to upper extremity amputees.

Neural Interfaces Project Overviews

Enabling Technologies

Development of artificial polymer muscles - researchTechnologies to seamlessly interface with the body and manipulate its underlying biological processes to extract information and exert control over organ and nervous system function.

Enabling Technologies Project Overviews

Sampling of APT Center Capabilities

Circuit and software design • Neural interfacing • Polymer and bioactive material development • Rapid prototyping • System validation and design control • Professional engineering support and project management • Administrative support for intellectual property protection, regulatory affairs, and grant and contract management.

Sampling of APT Center Technologies

Biosignal acquisition and processing • Implantable sensing, recording, stimulating and communication devices • Pressure, volume, acceleration, and other physical or chemical sensors • Portable computer controlled systems for surface and percutaneous stimulation • Stimulating and recording electrodes

 

Advanced Platform Technology Center

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