January 13, 2012

WPI Announces Neuroprosthetics 2012 Keynote Speakers

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Col. Geoffrey Ling, MD, PhD, leader of prosthetics research at the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA), and Hugh Herr, PhD, director of the Biomechatronics Group at Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), Cambridge, will deliver the keynote addresses at Neuroprosthetics 2012, an international symposium organized by the Bioengineering Institute (BEI) at Worcester Polytechnic Institute (WPI), Massachusetts. The theme for this year’s symposium is “Neural Interfaces as Enablers for Advanced Prosthetic Function,” with presentations to focus on various aspects of the science and engineering needed to create delicate yet durable connections between the brain and an advanced prosthetic device.

Herr’s presentation at Neuroprosthetics 2012 is titled “The Importance of Neuromechanical Limb Models in the Design of Leg Prostheses and Orthoses.”

“We are pleased that leaders of the stature of Col. Ling and Professor Herr will be keynoting Neurporosthetics 2012,” said David Easson, ScD, BEI director, ad interim, and director of the WPI Life Sciences and Bioengineering Center. “Their insights and experience will help set the tone for what we expect will be an outstanding day of scientific and engineering presentations and discussions.”

The symposium will take place February 23 on the WPI campus and will bring together scientists, engineers, and clinicians to share their research and discuss the challenges that must be overcome to enable a new generation of artificial limbs that more closely replicate the function of natural limbs.

For more information about the symposium, visit www.wpi.edu/+np

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