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 +======Computational Neuromechanics======
 +**[[http://​​Francisco.php|Francisco Valero-Cuevas]]\\
 +Professor of biomedical engineering and biokinesiology and physical therapy\\
 +University of Southern California**
 +**Thursday March 14 2013, 16:​15-17:​30**,​ Viktor Franz Hess building, HS E
 +While neuro-prosthetics has received much attention recently, current technological advances can also be applied to an older and equally pressing problem. Versatile sensorimotor function is a vital contributor to quality of life that is very commonly degraded by aging and numerous neurological conditions. ​ My work has been devoted to extending our technical and analytical tools to confront this age-old reverse engineering problem. ​ I will describe some of our core technologies including innovative physiological recordings from the hand, muscles and brain; novel experimental paradigms for manipulation;​ a unique mechatronic system to drive the tendons of actual (unembalmed) cadaveric hands; data-driven model inference; and a mathematical/​computational framework based on computational geometry to understand motor versatility,​ muscle redundancy, and robustness to muscle dysfunction.
 +By presenting several examples of successful application of these technologies,​ I will illustrate our current understanding of the neuro-mechanics of manipulation,​ future directions and cross-fertilization efforts to other areas of engineering,​ neuroscience and medicine.
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