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Alison Gibson, Travel Grant

Alison Gibson, Travel Grant

During Fall 2013, Alison Gibson, a FURI student and aerospace engineer, presented her research at the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME) Dynamic Systems and Control Conference in Palo Alto, California. Alison was funded by the FURI Travel Grant.

This conference included the modeling, design and control of physical systems, including cars, aerospace vehicles, robots and other machines.

Alison’s research focuses on the “User-Independent Hand Motion Classification with Electromyography.” She has been working on her research wth her mentor, Panagiotis Artemiadis, assistant professor in the School for Engineering of Matter, Transport and Energy (SEMTE).

“My research is in brain-machine interface technology. I presented about a novel method for decoding electromyographic (EMG) signals from human muscles into various hand motions for a robotic hand and wrist,” Alison says.

“This method can be used for various applications, including neuro-prosthetics, exoskeletons and robotic teleoperation.”

During the conference, she networked with professionals in academia and industry which helped foster new research ideas related to her own research in the Human-Oriented Robotics and Control (HORC) lab.

“I was already planning on continuing on to complete a Master’s degree, so my experience at the conference just helped reinforce my motivation towards this goal,” she says.

Alison plans to submit another paper to a conference in 2014 and hopes to present at many more conferences in the future.

“Conferences are great experiences for not only public speaking and presentation practice, but also networking, learning more about your research field and having fun in new places!” she says.

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