Faculty Project Proposal Summary

Calendar Year 2014 Program


Faculty Name & Department/School: 

Ravi Balasubramanian, School of Mechanical, Industrial, and Manufacturing Engineering


Research Project Title:  Biomechanical Analysis of Human Grasping


Project Overview: 

The long-term goal of this project is to understanding the interplay of human hand biomechanics and hand grasping capabilityThis project seeks to develop greater insight into the functioning of the human hand by using open-source software called OpenSim (developed by Stanford University) and open-source grasp analysis software called GraspIt! (Columbia University).  The goal will be to study how muscle properties, the tendon routing, and the muscle force profiles influence hand grasping.


What skills will students obtain in this project?

Biomechanical analysis, software development, using Open-source software.


Student research tasks:

1) Become an expert in OpenSim

2) Identify how different nerve disorders affect hand function in grasping tasks

3) Develop software to connect OpenSim and GraspIt!


Number of hours per week expected of student: 8--10


Preferred Faculty Contact Information (email): ravi.balasubramanian@oregonstate.edu




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