This show is about engineering and medical developments related to bionics and pain, particularly the use of science and technology to restore function in the human body and alleviation of pain.
The episodes come in two formats. The most common are long interviews with established researchers about their work and the historical context in which it happened, such as the state-of-the-art at the time and the motivation behind it. The second format is shorter interviews with the authors of recent scientific articles about their findings.
In both formats, the guests will talk about their career paths, their views on current challenges in the field, and the opportunities ahead. We also talk about their views on science and the social aspects surrounding it, without shying away from controversial topics.
The target audience is students and professionals interested in pain, bionics, biomechatronics, neural engineering, computer-brain interfaces, biomedical engineering, and such topics in which medicine and engineering partner up.
Music by Dr. Enzo Mastinu
Art by David Martín Espinosa
Interview with the senior authors of the article “Design and clinical implementation of an open-source bionic leg” (Azocar et al., Nat Biomed Eng, 2020), Prof. Elliott Rouse, Ph.D., at the University of Michigan, and Prof. Levi Hargrove, Ph.D., at the Sherly Ryan AbilityLab and Northwestern University. We discuss their Open-Source Leg project in the context of the state-of-the-art in prosthetic legs, promising research directions, and how to identify “not so good” research or development ideas.
(00:00) Coming up
(02:51) Introducing A. Prof. Elliott Rouse
(04:32) Introducing A. Prof. Levi Hargrove
(06:10) Why the open-source leg (OSL)?
(10:30) The OSL: The Design and Development
(14:40) The OSL: The Purpose
(17:03) Translation to Industry
(20:40) Human testing
(24:05) Neural Integration
(27:48) Multiple degrees of freedom?
(30:13) The Limiter: Hardware or Control?
(36:55) Safety and Therapy as a Consideration
(38:04) Sensory feedback
(39:05) Setting research priorities: Are we satisfying patient’s needs?
(39:52) Interesting research topics and directions
(41:50) Critically appraising previous research
(45:00) Identifying bad ideas.
(51:55) OSL website and further information.