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Biosystems & Biorobotics

Fundamentals of Neuromechanics

Authors: Valero-Cuevas, Francisco J

  • Offers step-by-step procedures to create neuro-musculo-skeletal models, to understand function, versatility and disability, and innovative robotic designs
  • Broadens your understanding of the complex interactions, between the nervous system and the anatomy of a limb to produce versatile function
  • Equips readers to understand and advance in the most current theories and debates in sensorimotor neuroscience.
  • Provides ample on-line supplementary material, exercises and computer code
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About this Textbook

This book provides a conceptual and computational framework to study how the nervous system exploits the anatomical properties of limbs to produce mechanical function. The study of the neural control of limbs has historically emphasized the use of optimization to find solutions to the muscle redundancy problem. That is, how does the nervous system select a specific muscle coordination pattern when the many muscles of a limb allow for multiple solutions?
I revisit this problem from the emerging perspective of neuromechanics that emphasizes finding and implementing families of feasible solutions, instead of a single and unique optimal solution. Those families of feasible solutions emerge naturally from the interactions among the feasible neural commands, anatomy of the limb, and constraints of the task. Such alternative perspective to the neural control of limb function is not only biologically plausible, but sheds light on the most central tenets and debates in the fields of neural control, robotics, rehabilitation, and brain-body co-evolutionary adaptations. This perspective developed from courses I taught to engineers and life scientists at Cornell University and the University of Southern California, and is made possible by combining fundamental concepts from mechanics, anatomy, mathematics, robotics and neuroscience with advances in the field of computational geometry.
Fundamentals of Neuromechanics is intended for neuroscientists, roboticists, engineers, physicians, evolutionary biologists, athletes, and physical and occupational therapists seeking to advance their understanding of neuromechanics. Therefore, the tone is decidedly pedagogical, engaging, integrative, and practical to make it accessible to people coming from a broad spectrum of disciplines. I attempt to tread the line between making the mathematical exposition accessible to life scientists, and convey the wonder and complexity of neuroscience to engineers and computational scientists. While no one approach can hope to definitively resolve the important questions in these related fields, I hope to provide you with the fundamental background and tools to allow you to contribute to the emerging field of neuromechanics.







About the authors

Francisco Valero-Cuevas is a Full Professor in the Department of Biomedical Engineering, and the Division of Biokinesiology & Physical Therapy at the University of Southern California. He also holds appointments in the departments of Aerospace & Mechanical Engineering and Computer Science. Prior to this he was Assistant and Associate Professor at Cornell University.

He holds a Bachelor’s degree in Engineering Science from Swarthmore College, a Masters degree from Queen’s University, and a Doctoral degree in Mechanical Engineering focused on neuroscience from Stanford University.

He has been visiting professor at the Max Planck Institute in Munich, Germany, ETH-Zurich, Switzerland, and the Institute of Sports Sciences in Innsbruck, Austria. He has served as Associate Editor of the IEEE Transactions on Biomedical Engineering and Guest Editor of PLoS Computational Biology. In 2013 he was elected Senior Member of the IEEE, and in 2014 to the College of Fellows of the American Institute for Medical and Biological Engineers.

His research focuses on an integrative approach to brain-body interactions for versatile function in machines and organisms.










Table of contents (10 chapters)

  • Introduction

    Valero-Cuevas, Francisco J.

    Pages 1-5

  • Limb Kinematics

    Valero-Cuevas, Francisco J.

    Pages 9-24

  • Limb Mechanics

    Valero-Cuevas, Francisco J.

    Pages 25-36

  • Tendon-Driven Limbs

    Valero-Cuevas, Francisco J.

    Pages 37-51

  • The Neural Control of Joint Torques in Tendon-Driven Limbs Is Underdetermined

    Valero-Cuevas, Francisco J.

    Pages 55-69

Buy this book

eBook $59.99
price for USA in USD (gross)
  • ISBN 978-1-4471-6747-1
  • Digitally watermarked, DRM-free
  • Included format: PDF, EPUB
  • ebooks can be used on all reading devices
  • Immediate eBook download after purchase
Hardcover $89.99
price for USA in USD
  • ISBN 978-1-4471-6746-4
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
  • Usually dispatched within 3 to 5 business days.
Softcover $79.99
price for USA in USD
  • Customers within the U.S. and Canada please contact Customer Service at 1-800-777-4643, Latin America please contact us at +1-212-460-1500 (Weekdays 8:30am – 5:30pm ET) to place your order.
  • Due: December 16, 2016
  • ISBN 978-1-4471-7089-1
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Fundamentals of Neuromechanics
Authors
Series Title
Biosystems & Biorobotics
Series Volume
8
Copyright
2016
Publisher
Springer-Verlag London
Copyright Holder
Springer-Verlag London
eBook ISBN
978-1-4471-6747-1
DOI
10.1007/978-1-4471-6747-1
Hardcover ISBN
978-1-4471-6746-4
Softcover ISBN
978-1-4471-7089-1
Series ISSN
2195-3562
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XXIV, 194
Number of Illustrations
65 b/w illustrations
Topics