Clark School Home UMD

ISR News Story

Work of Cohen, Etienne-Cummings profiled in WIRED magazine

This biped robot is being controlled by the chip modeled on the lamprey spinal cord.
This biped robot is being controlled by the chip modeled on the lamprey spinal cord.

Professor Avis Cohen (Biology/ISR) and ISR-affiliated Associate Professor Ralph Etienne-Cummings (Johns Hopkins University) continue to make the news for their work on lamprey spinal cords.

WIRED magazine profiles their work in the article "Lamprey May Offer Paralysis Cure."

The pair has developed a chip modeled on the lamprey spinal cord that contains a silicon analog of spinal circuits. The chip can control a walking robot. Feedback from the joint angles and foot-falls of the robot are incorporated to train networks of neurons in the spinal cord called central pattern generators to recognize the correct frequency and phase relationship between limbs that is necessary for smooth and natural motions.

January 8, 2008


Prev   Next

 

 

Current Headlines

Alumnus Fumin Zhang promoted to full professor at Georgia Tech

Alumnus Ravi Tandon receives NSF CAREER Award

Clark School women of note: Avis Cohen

Reza Ghodssi honored as "Person of Impact" by University of Wisconsin

Brain and Behavior Initiative partners with Arena Stage

A nerve modeled on a battery

UMD Engineers Developing Robots to Compete in RoboMasters 2017

Alumnus Peng Qiu Granted Tenure at Georgia Tech

MacCarthy contributing author to new systems engineering book

A peek under a hybrid’s hood reveals wood?

News Resources

Return to Newsroom

Search News

Archived News

Events Resources

Events Calendar