PI: Jennifer Collinger and Michael Boninger
Title: Neural Control of Dexterous Manipulation and Translation to a Portable System
Description: This project allows for continued development of an intracortical brain-computer interface for restoring sophisticated upper limb function. We aim to advance BCI control from simple reach and grasp tasks to truly dynamic control where the BCI user can dynamically interact with objects in the environment. Neural activity recorded from motor cortex will be used to control a prosthetic limb while tactile feedback is provided via intracortical microsimulation through electrodes implanted in somatosensory cortex. An additional component of this project is to develop more portable recording technology to allow BCI to be used by an ambulatory population such as people with upper limb amputations. The University of Pittsburgh will partner with Blackrock Microsystems, Inc., to develop and pilot test this technology.
Term: August 16, 2016 – August 15, 18