Ph.D., Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, UCI, June 2017
MS, Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, UCI, December 2017
BS, Mechanical Engineering, University of Utah, May 2012
Brain-computer interface design for robotic movement therapy
It is cool enough that engineers have developed a technology, called a brain-computer interface, which enables people to power prosthetic devices with their mind. Sumner Norman is looking to take that one step further. He uses the technology as part of the therapy that could restore function in paralyzed limbs. A Ph.D. candidate in Mechanical Engineering at UCI, Sumner uses brain-computer interface technology together with rehabilitation robotics to help those who have lost fine motion in their hands. The goal: awaken new neural pathways so people with stroke can regain movement.
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