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EECS500 Spring 2014 Department Seminar

Presenter: 
Dominique M.  Durand
Title: 
Controlling and Interfacing with the Nervous System: a Neural Engineering Approach
Affiliation: 
Case Western Reserve University
Location: 
White Building, Room 411
Time: 
11:30 AM – 12:30 PM
Date: 
April 29, 2014
Neural Engineering has made significantly advances recently both for the development of systems capable of selectively obtaining neural signals and controlling the nervous system but also for providing new therapeutic modalities.  In this presentation, I will first discuss how it is possible to record neural activity from several fascicles within peripheral nerves to control an artificial limb. I will then discuss as new method to control seizure activity starting from in-vitro animal experiments to a clinical implementation. Both examples of neural engineering projects are based on the application of the principles of bioelectricity at the interface between the neuroscience and engineering.
Biography: 
DM Durand is Professor of Biomedical Engineering and Director of the Neural Engineering Center at Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, Ohio. He received an engineering degree from France, M.Sc. degree in Biomedical Engineering from CWRU in Cleveland OH., and a Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering from the University of Toronto. He is an IEEE Fellow and also Fellow of the AIMBE. He serves on several editorial boards of peer-reviewed scientific journals and he is the editor-in-chief and founding editor of the Journal of Neural Engineering. His research interests are in neural engineering, control of epilepsy and neural prostheses.