Seminar on "Human Movement Understanding in Robotics"

01 October 2018

Boğaziçi-BME/Lifesci & Inovita & ISEK Joint Special Seminar

Human Movement Understanding in Robotics


Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering & Department of Biomedical Engineering, California State University Long Beach

October 1st, 2018 (Monday!);   12.00 – 13.00 

Biomedical Engineering Institute, AZ-19, Boğaziçi University Kandilli Campus

About The Seminar:

Human motor performance is a key area of investigation in biomechanics, robotics, and machine learning. Understanding human neuromuscular control is important to synthesize prosthetic motions and ensure safe human-robot interaction. Building controllable biomechanical models through modeling and algorithmic tools from both robotics and biomechanics increases our scientific understanding of musculoskeletal mechanics and control. The resulting models can consequently help quantifying the characteristics of a subject’s motion and in designing effective treatments, like predictive simulations and motion training. My objective is to explore how neural control dictates motor performance in humans by developing a portable cyber-physical system and a computational framework - which will enable real-time robotics-based control and simulation of the human musculoskeletal systems. In this talk, I will present the modeling, control, and simulation components of this new framework with examples of applications in rehabilitation, robotics, and athletics. The presented framework has promise to advance the field of rehabilitation robotics by deepening our scientific understanding of human motor performance dictated by musculoskeletal physics and neural control. Automated and real-time motion improvement and retraining, facilitated with such frameworks, promise to transform the neuromuscular health, longevity, and independence of millions of people, utilizing a cost effective approach.

About the Speaker:

Dr. Emel Demircan is an Assistant Professor at the Departments of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering and Biomedical Engineering at California State University, Long Beach. Dr. Demircan obtained her Ph.D in Mechanical Engineering from Stanford University in 2012. She was a postdoctoral scholar at Stanford from 2012 to 2014 and a visiting assistant professor at University of Tokyo from 2014 to 2015. She was also a part-time scientist at Lucile Salter Packard Children's Hospital Gait Analysis Lab at Stanford University. Dr. Demircan's research focuses on the application of dynamics and control theory for the simulation and analysis of biomechanical and robotic systems. Her research interests include cyber-physical systems, rehabilitation robotics, sports biomechanics, natural motion generation in humanoid robotics, and human motion synthesis. Dr. Demircan is an OpenSim Fellow; and the founder & co-chair of the IEEE RAS Technical Committee on "Human Movement Understanding." She is actively collaborating with clinical, athletic, and industrial partners; and she is involved in professional and educational activities within the IEEE Robotics Society.