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4 Credits
Spring term, odd years
Lecture only

Basic feedback control systems, linear algebra, differential equations, or instructor permission.

Ravi Balasubramanian
315 Graf Hall

Course Description

This course covers the mechanisms of the human motor systems and control, using arm movements as an example.


  • Anatomy of muscles, sensors, spinal cord, and the brain, followed by functional analysis of these system components. 
  • Study feedback control dynamics in the human body. 
  • Exploring literature from psychophysical and lesion experiments
  • Classic to modern theories of how the nervous system may control movements. 
  • Advanced topics include adaptation, representation, coordinate systems, cognitive involvement, and rehabilitation techniques for motor impaired patients.

Learning Outcomes

The student, upon successful completion of this course, will:

  1. Have the knowledge on how biological actuators function and signal communication occurs.
  2. Have knowledge about how the biological components of the human nervous system and musculature interact to create movement.
  3. Have the background and skills to develop control models to simulate and analyze how movement is created in the human body.
  4. Have knowledge of classical and modern theories on human movement and control.