Brain-Computer Interface Control of an Anthropomorphic Robotic Arm

Samuel Clanton
doctoral dissertation, tech. report CMU-RI-TR-11-21, Robotics Institute, Carnegie Mellon University, July, 2011


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Abstract
This thesis describes a brain-computer interface (BCI) system that was developed to allow direct cortical control of 7 active degrees of freedom in a robotic arm. Two monkeys with chronic microelectrode implants in their motor cortices were able to use the arm to complete an oriented grasping task under brain control. This BCI system was created as a clinical prototype to exhibit (1) simultaneous decoding of cortical signals for control of the 3-D translation, 3-D rotation, and 1-D finger aperture of a robotic arm and hand, (2) methods for constructing cortical signal decoding models based on only observation of a moving robot, (3) a generalized method for training subjects to use complex BCI prosthetic robots using a novel form of operator-machine shared control, and (4) integrated kinematic and force control of a brain-controlled prosthetic robot through a novel impedance-based robot controller. This dissertation describes each of these features individually, how their integration enriched BCI control, and results from the monkeys operating the resulting system.

Keywords
Brain-computer interface, BCI, brain-machine interface, neuroprosthesis, motor control, robot, shared control, virtual fixture, impedance, compliance

Notes
Number of pages: 199

Text Reference
Samuel Clanton, "Brain-Computer Interface Control of an Anthropomorphic Robotic Arm ," doctoral dissertation, tech. report CMU-RI-TR-11-21, Robotics Institute, Carnegie Mellon University, July, 2011

BibTeX Reference
@phdthesis{Clanton_2011_6926,
   author = "Samuel Clanton",
   title = "Brain-Computer Interface Control of an Anthropomorphic Robotic Arm ",
   booktitle = "",
   school = "Robotics Institute, Carnegie Mellon University",
   month = "July",
   year = "2011",
   number= "CMU-RI-TR-11-21",
   address= "Pittsburgh, PA",
}