Robert F. Kirsch

Robert F. Kirsch received the B.S. degree in electrical engineering from the University of Cincinnati, Cincinnati, OH, USA, and the M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in biomedical engineering from Northwestern University, Evanston, IL, USA. He was a post-doctoral fellow at McGill University. He is currently Professor and Chair of Biomedical Engineering at Case Western Reserve University and the Executive Director of the Department of Veterans Affairs Center of Excellence on Functional Electrical Stimulation. His research focuses on restoring movement to disabled individuals using functional electrical stimulation (FES) and controlling FES actions via natural neural commands. Computer-based models of the human upper extremity are used to develop new FES approaches. FES user interfaces, including ones based on brain recordings, are being developed to provide FES users with the ability to command movements of their own arm.

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Semiparametric Identification of Human Arm Dynamics for Flexible Control of a Functional Electrical Stimulation Neuroprosthesis
We present a method to identify the dynamics of a human arm controlled by an implanted functional electrical stimulation neuroprosthesis. The method uses Gaussian process regression to predict shoulder and elbow torques given the shoulder and elbow joint positions and... Read more