Huang Group's Work on Power Prosthetics Featured in NSF Science Now
The work of BME’s Rehabilitation Engineering Center Director Helen Huang, and her researchers Fan Zhang and Ming Liu, are featured in Episode 29 of NSFScience Now. The Huang group’s studies regarding the impact of power prosthetic failures on amputees is the first of four NSF funded projects highlighted in the six minute video report.
BME professor Dr. Helen Huang, along with collaborators Dustin Crouch, Ming Liu, Gregory Sawicki, and Ding Wang, have published "A Cyber Expert System for Auto-Tuning Powered Prosthesis Impedance Control Parameters" in Annals of Biomedical Engineering. A patient's powered prosthetic has to be customized to account for the individual's physical condition. This fine tuning is typically done by a prosthetist, and the prosthetist needs to re-tune the prosthetic to account for the patient's physical changes. The research team has developed an algorithm for incorporation in the software of any powered prosthesis. The algorithm automatically tunes the amount of power the prosthetic needs in order for the individual to walk comfortably. For more information, please see NC State's press release, as well as the article.
Kent Gordon Selected to Receive Chancellor's Doctoral Scholarship Candidacy Award
BME graduate student Kent Gordon has been nominated and selected to receive a Chancellor's Doctoral Scholarship Candidacy Award from UNC Chapel Hill Graduate School's Initiative for Minority Excellence. Mr. Gordon has been selected from among nominees in departments across UNC Chapel Hill. This prestigious award has been made possible by a generous commitment from Chancellor Carol Folt. BME congratulates Kent Gordon for this outstanding achievement!
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