Jonathan Bowles

Research project title: 
Robust Sensory Interfaces for Advanced Prosthetics
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My research involves exploring alternative sensing modalities and novel classification algorithms for control of myoelectric upper-limb prostheses, with the ultimate aim of attempting to bridge the gap between the techniques currently being investigated in academia and those which are used in the commercial devices available to customers. Myoelectric control presents numerous challenges due to noise present in the surface EMG signal due to changes in sensor placement, skin conductivity and muscle fatigue, in addition to electrical interference and cross-talk between different muscles. An effective pattern recognition pipeline must be able to deal with these issues in order to provide intuitive and accurate control. The aim of my project is to investigate both a range of different pattern recognition techniques and custom-built sensor interfaces, fabricated at the University of Glasgow's James Watt Nanofabrication centre, with the ultimate aim of implementation on one of Touch Bionics' active prostheses.

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Current student
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