Brain Signals to Control a Robotic Arm


MSI PI Bin He (Biomedical Engineering; Director, Institute for Engineering in Medicine) reported this week they have successfully tested a robotic arm that can be controlled through brain signals. Wearing a cap with sensors, subjects were able to instruct the arm to do tasks such picking up a block. The research was published in the journal Scientific Reports (part of the Nature group of publications).

An article appears on the College of Science and Engineering website: University of Minnesota research shows that people can control a robotic arm with only their minds.

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Professor He uses MSI for complex computational modeling in several projects that study how the brain is affected by noninvasive neuromodulation, the penetration of ultrasound in biological tissues, and bioelectromagnetic imaging.