Workshop 4: Bionic Prosthetics Controlled by Neural Interface

Organizers: Sang-Rok Oh, Keehoon Kim, Jinseok Kim, Hyouk Ryeol Choi, Youngjin Choi, and Kyu-Jin Cho

Timeslot: 9:30 – 12:30
Room: Carré 2K


The development of peripheral neural interface technology, which is being conducted by researchers in the US and Europe in recent years, shows new possibilities for neural interface technology. In this workshop, we will focus on multidisciplinary research topics in major research grants related to this topic. In addition, the latest research results of the bionic arm development program which is being led by Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology will be introduced and discussed in detail. Development of a bionic-arm which will have multiple degree-of-freedom, interworking with the human nervous system, and recognizing objects based on bio-signal processing and control technologies to realize complex movements and various haptic sensations. To do this, we will make the bionic-arm to have compatibility of movement and sensation with the same level of real human arm by implementation of a newly developed neural-interface. We can secure original technologies of a “bidirectional neural-interface” on both motor and somatic sensory. These techniques will ultimately be used to develop various neural prostheses that can replace the human body using neural interfaces.

The workshop topics include, but are not limited to:

  • Bionic-arm with bio-signal based control mechanism which can move at the human intention and to feel human senses
  • Operation Principles and transmission mechanisms of the nervous system for the development of a bionic-arm with human-like movements and human-like haptic senses
  • Sensor/stimulator to manipulate micro nerve fibers and to detect/generate mechanical/electrical/chemical signals.
  • Human muscle functionality and conceptual design of fundamental muscle-like actuators
  • Active soft material for new muscle-like actuators
  • Human-skin-mimic the tactile sensor component development
  • Artificial skeleton and joint
  • Insertion-type or high-selective neural interface for peripheral neural signals

Speakers and Agenda:

Highly selective and minimally invasive electrode platform for peripheral nerve

  • Ockchul Kim, Wonsuk Choi, Woohyun Jung, Sunyoung Jung, HyungDal Park, Jun-Uk Chu, Donghee Son, Jong-Woong Park, Jinseok Kim

Design of high precision robotic platform to manipulate peripheral nerve system

  • Yong Seok Ihn, Donghyun Hwang, Sehyuk Yim, Jinwoo Jeong, Sang-Rok Oh, Keehoon Kim

Design of neuro-controlled bidirectional artificial hands

  • Marco Controzzi (SSSA)

Robotic mechanism design based on ligamentous structure

  • Youngjin Choi

Bionic arm driven by artificial muscle actuators

  • Sang Yul Yang, Kihyeon Kim, Kyeong Ho Cho, Ho Sang Jung, Youngeun Kim, Jae Hyeong Park, Hoyoung Jang, Jae-Do Nam, Ja Choon Koo, Hyungpil Moon, Ji Won Suk, Hugo Rodrigue, and Hyouk Ryeol Choi,
  • Speaker Candidate: Jonathan Rossiter (University of Bristol)

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