2.184 Biomechanics and Neural Control of Movement


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Quantitative knowledge of human movement behavior is important in a growing number of engineering applications (medical and rehabilitation technology, athletic and military equipment, human-computer interaction, vehicle performance, etc.). Presents a quantitative, model-based description of how biomechanical and neural factors interact in human sensory-motor behavior, focusing mainly on the upper limbs. Students survey recent literature on how motor behavior is controlled, comparing biological and robotic approaches to similar tasks. Topics may include a review of relevant neural, muscular and skeletal physiology, neural feedback and "equilibrium-point" theories, co-contraction strategies, impedance control, kinematic redundancy, optimization, intermittency, contact tasks and tool use. Students taking the graduate version will complete additional assignments.

This class has 2.004 as a prerequisite.

2.184 will not be offered this semester. It will be available in the Spring semester, and will be instructed by N. Hogan.

Lecture occurs 1:00 PM to 2:30 PM on Tuesdays and Thursdays in 4-153.

This class counts for a total of 12 credits.

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