Understanding Human Movements to Enhance HCI Environments


September 29, 2005


Yoky Matsuoka


Carnegie Mellon University


Professor Yoky Matsuoka’s research at Carnegie Mellon University is directed toward developing devices and algorithms to understand, assist, and enhance human motor control capabilities. Recent projects include the development of life-size virtual environments with haptic displays, wearable and prosthetic devices, brain-machine interfaces, and system identification techniques for interacting limbs. Currently, these projects are targeted toward disabled/elderly rehabilitation and assistance. In this presentation, these projects are introduced with a hope of shedding light into enhancing gaming environments, computer accessibility for the disabled/elderly, and future human computer interaction environments such as brain/muscle control of computational devices.


Yoky Matsuoka

Professor Yoky Matsuoka is an Anna Loomis McCandless Assistant Professor in the Robotics Institute, Mechanical Engineering, Biomedical Engineering, and the Center for the Neural Basis of Cognition at Carnegie Mellon University. She is also a Clinical Assistant Professor in the Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation at the University of Pittsburgh. She received her Ph.D. at MIT in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science in the fields of Artificial Intelligence and Computational Neuroscience in 1998. She received an M.S. from MIT in 1995 and a B.S. from UC Berkeley in 1993. Prior to joining CMU, she was a Postdoctoral Fellow in the Brain and Cognitive Sciences Department at MIT and in Mechanical Engineering at Harvard University. Her work at CMU earned a Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers in 2003, Anna Loomis McCandless Chair in 2004, and IEEE Robotics and Automation Society Early Academic Career Award in 2005.