Graduate Student

Prem is developed the third generation of the neural prosthesis.  We are working with the department of physical therapy to developing an experimental medical device to improve gait in people with muscle weakness associated with spinal cord injury, multiple sclerosis, muscular dystrophy, etc. The device under development by Premkumar Subbukutti uses artificial electrical stimulation to induce contractions in the muscles of the lower leg increasing the push off force while walking.  Data from foot pressure sensors, accelerometers, and gyroscopes attached to the body are used by the onboard computer within the device to properly time muscle stimulations.  We are developing neural networks to manage the large amount of data collected during the decision process.