9.34[J] Biomechanics and Neural Control of Movement


Class Info

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, and 2.04A as prerequisites.

9.34[J] will not be offered this semester. It 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. This is a graduate-level class.

In the Spring 2015 Subject Evaluations, 9.34[J] was rated 5.3 out of 7.0. You can find more information at the 9.34 site or on the 9.34[J] Stellar site.

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