Human Muscle Force Modeling for Enhanced Assistive Device Control


While there exist a number of mechanically sophisticated exoskeletons and prostheses, with articulations similar to that of the intact human arm and hand, intuitive control remains extremely limited: users can often modulate only a single degree of freedom due to the limits of conventional non-invasive sensing. In this talk, I will discuss our current efforts to leverage novel sensing frameworks – primarily, ultrasound and acoustic myography – to more precisely measure muscle output force to allow for the extraction of multiple robust control signals and enhanced overall understanding of neurological motor control.

University of California, Berkeley
Laura A. Hallock
Postdoctoral Researcher, MEAM