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Speakers Announced for Neuroprosthetics 2012

WORCESTER, MA -- Col. Geoffrey Ling, MD, PhD, leader of prosthetics research at the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA), and Hugh Herr, PhD, director of the biomechatronics group at Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), will deliver the keynote addresses at Neuroprosthetics 2012, an international symposium organized by the Bioengineering Institute (BEI) at Worcester Polytechnic Institute (WPI).

The symposium will take place Feb. 23, 2012 on the WPI campus in Worcester, MA, and will bring together scientists, engineers and clinicians to share their research and discuss the challenges that must be overcome to enable a new generation of artificial limbs that more closely replicate the function of natural limbs.

Col. Ling, program manager in DARPA's Defense Science Office, is in charge of a range of initiatives that focus on biology and biotechnology, including the Revolutionizing Prosthetics program. Herr, a double-amputee, leads MIT's efforts to develop advanced lower limb motorized prostheses. His team has developed a computer-controlled artificial knee and a powered prosthetic foot and ankle.

Herr's presentation at Neuroprosthetics 2012 is titled "The Importance of Neuromechanical Limb Models in the Design of Leg Prostheses and Orthoses."

Neuroprosthetics 2012 is the third international symposium organized by the BEI and its Center for Neuroprosthetics. The theme for this year's symposium is "Neural Interfaces as Enablers for Advanced Prosthetic Function," with presentations to focus on the science and engineering needed to create delicate yet durable connections between the brain and an advanced prosthetic device.

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