Sensory Mechanisms Underlying Human Dexterity (Fundamental Neuroscience and Biomedical Engineering)

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The incredible dexterity with which humans handle objects is impossible without sensory information. Existing robotic or prosthetic hands perform very poorly compared to the human hand - largely because it is not understood how relevant sensory information is extracted and utilised by the nervous system. The overarching goal of this multidisciplinary project is to discover the sensory processes underlying sensing of manipulative forces and object properties in the human hand at the level of the neuronal code, biomechanics, and behaviour, and to explore the development of artificial sensors and grippers which are inspired by these physiological mechanisms.

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Supervisory team
Ingvars
Birznieks

Medicine
Medical Sciences
Stephen
Redmond

Engineering
Graduate School of Biomedical Engineering
Heba
Khamis

Engineering
Graduate School of Biomedical Engineering
i.birznieks@unsw.edu.au

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