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Gait Rehabilitation - Brain Computer Interfaces

Course #: 03-400

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CE Credit Hours: 5.00 Continuing Education Credit Hours

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Course Description

CEU Course Description

The goal of this CEU course is to describe and summarize the progress made in the development of non-invasive brain-computer interfaces dedicated to motor rehabilitation systems. This course begins with the severity of people in the world living with a central nervous system disorder, then the main principles of human locomotion control, including the basic gait cycle, production of basic locomotor patterns, and sensory feedback in stepping patterns. The course will then focus on the mechanisms of supra-spinal centers active during gait, including results from electroencephalography, functional brain imaging technologies, and invasive studies. We will also look deeper into the spatial organization of supra-spinal control in gait execution, initiation, motor imagery, and repetitive movements. The first brain-computer interface applications to gait rehabilitation are then presented, with a discussion about the different strategies developed in the field such as detecting user intent, developing a direct brain signal to limb kinematics, and how to produce the proper stepping motion. Finally, the challenges to raise for future systems are identified, discussed, and proposals to address these challenges are presented in order to contribute to the improvement of the brain-computer interface for gait rehabilitation. The reading materials for this course include articles from the Journal of Brain Sciences.


CEU Course Objectives

1.  Discuss the main challenge in the case of brain-computer interfaces dedicated to walk rehabilitation systems.

2.  Explain during which phase of the gait cycle the body's center of gravity is and is not truly over the base of support.

3.  Compare and contrast the different brain-computer interfaces dedicated to motor rehabilitation systems and which is an appropriate measurement modality for everyday use.

4.  Identify the types of sensory information that are integrated to regulate our way of stepping.


CEU Course Syllabus

  Principles of Human Locomotion Control   1.40 Contact Hours  
  Supra-spinal Centers Active During Gait   2.35 Contact Hours
  Brain-computer Interface Applications   0.85 Contact Hours
  Challenges and Opportunities for Improvement     0.40 Contact Hours

Total = 5 Contact Hours

Instructional level:  Intermediate

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Course Date: 2015-09-26

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