Date of Award

Fall 2001

Document Type

Thesis

Degree Name

Master of Science in Biomedical Engineering - (M.S.)

Department

Biomedical Engineering Committee

First Advisor

Richard A. Foulds

Second Advisor

David S. Kristol

Third Advisor

Stanley S. Reisman

Abstract

Restitution of upper limb mobility following stroke is one of the major challenges facing clinicians in the country today. The complexity of performing skilled tasks with fine movements makes restitution of mobility all the more complex for rehabilitation specialists. Although several techniques have been evolved for, limited success with transfer of training from the clinical environment to functional performance clearly indicates a need for research and development in the area of upper extremity rehabilitation.

Bimanual coordination has recently surfaced as a novel and effective way to fast and lasting recovery. The success of bimanually coordinated training encourages a better understanding of the underlying neural, physiological and engineering principles involved which in turn would result in improved treatments for people with hemiparesis. An apparatus developed in this project enables such an understanding, by successfully being able to collect, record and analyze the movement trajectories of both the hands simultaneously with a high degree of accuracy.

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