Institute of Art Design + Technology
Dún Laoghaire

Alex Hughes 

BSc [Hons] Creative Computing

Hey I'm Alex, I'm a final year Creative Computing student in IADT! 👋 I'm super passionate about creating applications and participating in projects with the goal of increasing the quality of life in various industries, recently medical technology! This passion has been the driving force behind my latest project which is Neural Signal Interpretation for Prosthetics. My thesis project aims to create a muscle signal acquisition and processing system that can be built both from cheaper components and with less overall complexity than regular industry prosthesis, while also retaining the same quality of functionality! 🦾

Neural Signal Interpretation for Prosthetics

My project aims to tackle the persistent challenges within the prosthetic field of signal interference, high cost and component complexity by simplifying the signal acquisition and processing stages, ultimately making prosthetic technology both more affordable and functional. Through detailed research into both Electromyography (EMG) which is the study of signals collected from the muscles, the development of tailored designs, and the application of novel processing techniques, my work will contribute to the broader goal of democratizing access to advanced prosthetic devices.

Neural Signal Interpretation for Prosthetics

My thesis explores innovative methods to simplify the signal acquisition and processing stages of EMG systems, aiming to reduce costs and enhance accessibility for a broader population. Through a comprehensive study integrating both Electroencephalogram (EEG) and EMG techniques, my research employs non-invasive methods to optimize signal fidelity and user comfort.

The work includes the development of a prototype using Arduino and Grove systems for real-time signal processing, tested against a dataset provided by Mendeley Data. The findings suggest that simplifying these systems without sacrificing functionality is feasible, paving the way for more affordable and accessible prosthetic solutions.

The thesis contributes to the field of biomedical engineering by demonstrating how cutting-edge technology can be adapted to meet the needs of diverse users, potentially enhancing the quality of life for individuals with limb loss.