james patton

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Deception, ExoNETs, SmushWare, & Organic Data: Tech-facilitated neurorehabilitation & human-machine training

Centre for Neurotechnology seminar from James Patton

Professor of Bioengineering, University of Illinois at Chicago, Research Scientist, Shirley Ryan AbilityLab 

Abstract: Making use of visual display technology and human-robotic interfaces, many researchers have illustrated various opportunities to distort visual and physical realities. We have had success with interventions such as error augmentation, sensory crossover, and negative viscosity. Judicial application of these techniques leads to training situations that enhance the learning process and can restore movement ability after neural injury. I will trace out clinical studies that have employed such technologies to improve the health and function, as well as share some leading-edge insights that include deceiving the patient, moving the “smarts” of software into the hardware, and examining clinical effectiveness.

Bio: James L. Patton received BS mechanical engineering & engineering science from University of Michigan (1989), MS in theoretical mechanics from Michigan State (1993), and PhD biomedical engineering from Northwestern University (1998). He is Professor of Bioengineering at University of Illinois Chicago, and research scientist at the Shirley Ryan AbilityLab. He worked in automotive manufacturing and nuclear medicine before discovering control of human movement. His interests include robotic teaching, controls, haptics, modeling, human-machine interfaces, and technology-facilitated recovery from a brain injury. Patton is vice president of conferences for the IEEE-EMB society, and Associate Editor of IEEE Transactions on Biomedical Engineering, and Medical Robotics and Bionics.

The KineAssist (TM) robotic device (HDT Robotics, Incorporated) will be discussed as part of a research program on an early model. It was used to test a novel research concept on training with a custom attachment made in our labs.

The Burt robotic device (Barrett Technologies, Inc) will be mentioned as one of our latest research studies which our group has developed novel custom software for training to perform a preliminary clinical test. This device was developed with the consulting advice with Patton, who received consulting fees for his time in the past.

Objectives: Participants should gain the ability to Discuss

  1. History and motivation for the field of therapeutic robotics
  2. Barriers and opportunities this field
  3. Critiques of Dr. Patton and others’ approaches to these goals

The seminar will take place via Microsoft Teams. Advance registration is required. The link to join will be provided in your registration confirmation and in reminder emails.

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