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Dr. Karl T. Kalveram

Karl Theodor Kalveram was trained at the Universities of Bonn and Marburg/Lahn. After having received the degree “Staatsexamen” in the subjects physics and mathematics, he studied psychology and obtained the diploma and the doctoral degree. He was professor of psychology at the Philipps-University of Marburg, and from 1972 to 1974 Dean of the Faculty of Psychology. Since 1980 he is professor of psychology at the Heinrich-Heine-University Duesseldorf. Until 2000 he was the head of the section “Cybernetical Psychology and Psychobiology”. Being an emeritus since 2000, he joined the “Lauflabor” at the Friedrich-Schiller-University Jena in 2005 as guest professor. His research includes sensorimotor control of limb movements, speech control in fluent and disfluent speakers, effects of acoustical noise on men, and modeling of individual–environmental interactions.

Organization:University of Duesseldorf/Germany
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Manipulating Everyday Objects with Prosthetic Hands

In this project, students learn how prostheses that use robotic technology can improve the lives of people with disabilities. In the laboratory, the students use Lego Mindstorms NXT kits to create an artificial arm or hand that can lift small objects, such as a coffee cup. In the process, students discover and explore the following concepts and ideas: Hooke's Law, hysteresis, Newton's Second Law, accuracy and precision, rapid prototyping, and the relationship between the voltage applied to a motor and its speed.

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