Andrew B. Wright

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Chronic pain is very difficult to treat. Thus, novel analgesics are a critical area of research. Strong pre-clinical evidence supports the analgesic effects of α-conopeptides, Vc1.1 and RgIA, which block α9α10 nicotinic acetylcholine receptors (nAChRs). However, the analgesic mechanism is controversial. Some evidence supports the block of α9α10 nAChRs as an(More)
Myoelectric control of lower limb prostheses requires discrimination of task-specific muscle patterns. In this paper we present a method based on the notion of muscle synergies to discriminate between various non-weight-bearing movements such as knee extension/flexion, femur rotation in/out, tibia rotation in/out and ankle dorsiflexion/plantarflexion. Data(More)
Recent development in lower limb prosthetics has seen an emergence of powered prosthesis that have the capability to operate in different locomotion modes. However, these devices cannot transition seamlessly between modes such as level walking, stair ascent and descent and up slope and down slope walking. They require some form of user input that defines(More)
Robots developed from the 60's to the present have been restricted to highly structured environments such as work cells or automated guided vehicles, primarily to avoid harmful interactions with humans. Next generation robots must function in unstructured environments. Such robots must be fault tolerant to sensor and manipulator failures, scalable in number(More)
A new natural science course is under development at Hendrix College. The course is titled "Robotics Exploration Studio" and will be aimed at the non-science major liberal arts student. There will be no prerequisites for this course. The course will utilize Lego bricks and Technic parts for mechanical components and the Lego Mindstorm 1 programmable RCX(More)
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