By Francisco J. Valero-Cuevas
This ebook offers a conceptual and computational framework to review how the worried method exploits the anatomical homes of limbs to supply mechanical functionality. The examine of the neural keep an eye on of limbs has traditionally emphasised using optimization to discover ideas to the muscle redundancy challenge. that's, how does the anxious process choose a selected muscle coordination trend while the numerous muscle tissues of a limb let for a number of ideas?
I revisit this challenge from the rising viewpoint of neuromechanics that emphasizes discovering and imposing households of possible strategies, rather than a unmarried and exact optimum resolution. these households of possible ideas emerge evidently from the interactions one of the possible neural instructions, anatomy of the limb, and constraints of the duty. Such substitute point of view to the neural keep watch over of limb functionality isn't just biologically believable, yet sheds mild at the so much imperative tenets and debates within the fields of neural keep watch over, robotics, rehabilitation, and brain-body co-evolutionary diversifications. this angle built from classes I taught to engineers and existence scientists at Cornell collage and the college of Southern California, and is made attainable by means of combining primary strategies from mechanics, anatomy, arithmetic, robotics and neuroscience with advances within the box of computational geometry.
Fundamentals of Neuromechanics is meant for neuroscientists, roboticists, engineers, physicians, evolutionary biologists, athletes, and actual and occupational therapists looking to increase their realizing of neuromechanics. consequently, the tone is decidedly pedagogical, attractive, integrative, and functional to make it obtainable to humans coming from a vast spectrum of disciplines. i try to tread the road among making the mathematical exposition available to existence scientists, and produce the sweetness and complexity of neuroscience to engineers and computational scientists. whereas nobody technique can desire to definitively get to the bottom of the $64000 questions in those comparable fields, i am hoping to supply you with the basic historical past and instruments to permit you to give a contribution to the rising box of neuromechanics.