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Somatosensory Feedback for Neuroprosthetics

  • Book

  • July 2021
  • Elsevier Science and Technology
  • ID: 5230579

Although somatosensory system works in tandem with the motor system in biology, the majority of the prosthetics research and commercial efforts had focused on accommodating movement deficits. With the development of neuroprostheses in the last 15 years, it has become evident that somatosensory input (mainly as touch and proprioception) is essential for motor control, manipulating objects, and embodiment, in addition to its primary role for sensory perception.

Somatosensory Feedback for Neuroprosthetics covers all relevant aspects to facilitate learning and doing research and development in the field.

To understand the properties of the body to create viable solutions, this book starts with chapters reviewing the basic anatomy, physiology, and psychophysics of the somatosensory system, sensorimotor control, and instrumentation. Some sections are dedicated to invasive (peripheral and central, mainly cortical) and noninvasive (vibrotactile, electrotactile, etc.) approaches. Final chapters cover future technologies such as novel sensors and electrodes, safety, and clinical testing, and help to make up future prospects for this field with an emphasis on development and end use.

With contributions from renowned experts, the contents include their recent findings and technical details necessary to understand those findings.

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Table of Contents

Part I Background and fundamentals
1. Introduction to somatosensory neuroprostheses
Burak Guclu
2. Proprioception: a sense to facilitate action
Kyle P. Blum, Christopher Versteeg, Joseph Sombeck, Raeed H. Chowdhury and Lee E. Miller
3. Electrodes and instrumentation for neurostimulation
Daniel R. Merrill
4. Stimulus interaction in transcutaneous electrical stimulation
Sigrid Dupan, Leen Jabban, Benjamin W. Metcalfe and Kianoush Nazarpour

Part II Non-invasive methods for somatosensory feedback and modulation
5. Supplementary feedback for upper-limb prostheses using noninvasive stimulation: methods, encoding, estimation-prediction processes, and assessment
Jakob Dideriksen and Strahinja Dosen
6. Noninvasive augmented sensory feedback in poststroke hand rehabilitation approaches
Leonardo Cappello, Rebecca Baldi, Leonard Frederik Engels and Christian Cipriani
7. Targeted reinnervation for somatosensory feedback
Jacqueline S. Hebert and Paul D. Marasco
8. Transcranial electrical stimulation for neuromodulation of somatosensory processing
Sacit Karamursel and Ezgi Tuna Erdogan

Part III Peripheral nerve implants for somatosensory feedback
9. Connecting residual nervous system and prosthetic legs for sensorimotor and cognitive rehabilitation
Giacomo Valle, Greta Preatoni and Stanisa Raspopovic
10. Biomimetic bidirectional hand neuroprostheses for restoring somatosensory and motor functions
Francesco Iberite, Vincent Mendez, Alberto Mazzoni, Solaiman Shokur and Silvestro Micera

Part IV Cortical implants for somatosensory feedback
11. Restoring the sense of touch with electrical stimulation of the nerve and brain
Thierri Callier and Sliman J. Bensmaia
12. Intracortical microstimulation for tactile feedback in awake behaving rats
Ismail Devecioglu, Sevgi Ozturk and Burak Guclu
13. Cortical stimulation for somatosensory feedback: translation from nonhuman primates to clinical applications
Marion Badi, Simon Borgognon, Joseph E. O'Doherty and Solaiman Shokur
14. Touch restoration through electrical cortical stimulation in humans
David J. Caldwell, Jeneva A. Cronin, Lila H. Levinson and Rajesh P.N. Rao
15. Design of intracortical microstimulation patterns to control the location, intensity, and quality of evoked sensations in human and animal models
David A. Bjanes and Chet T. Moritz

Part V Future technologies
16. Neural electrodes for long-term tissue interfaces
Jaume del Valle, Bruno Rodriguez-Meana and Xavier Navarro
17. Challenges in neural interface electronics: miniaturization and wireless operation
Senol Mutlu
18. Somatosensation in soft and anthropomorphic prosthetic hands and legs
Oguzhan Kirtas and Evren Samur
19. Prospect of data science and artificial intelligence for patient-specific neuroprostheses
Buse Buz Yalug, Dilek Betul Arslan and Esin Ozturk-Isik
20. Modern approaches of signal processing for bidirectional neural interfaces
Andrea Cimolato, Natalija Katic and Stanisa Raspopovic
21. Safety and regulatory issues for clinical testing
Daniel R. Merrill


Burak Guclu Professor, Institute of Biomedical Engineering, Bogazici University, Istanbul, Turkey. Prof. Burak G��l� has an engineering background (BS in 1997: Control and Computer Engineering, Istanbul Technical University; MS in 1999: Bioengineering, Syracuse University), completed PhD (2003, Syracuse University) and postdoctoral work (University of Rochester) in neuroscience mostly with specialization on the somatosensory system. He has over 20 years of experience in theoretical and experimental research involving the sense of touch in animals, humans, and for engineering applications such as neuroprosthetics and tactile sensors/displays. He has 51 articles published in refereed journals and over 120 publications in conferences. He has worked in grant projects funded by NIH, T�BITAK, European Union, and university agencies; is currently part of an EU consortium for the use of graphene electrodes in neuroprosthetics, and has established Tactile Research Laboratory and the animal facility (Vivarium) at Bogazi�i University. He has taught courses on sensory systems, computational neuroscience, biophysics, and biomedical instrumentation, and gave numerous lectures and provided media coverage on somatosensory feedback in neuroprosthetics.