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Keynote by Ville Rantanen from the Department of Automation Science and Engineering at NI Days 2016

Ville Rantanen was invited as a keynote speaker to NI Days 2016 at Vantaa, Finland on November 8. The keynote will deal with the research that has been carried out at Department of Automation Science and Engineering to develop prosthetic technology for unilateral facial paralysis.
Ville Rantanen at EMBC ‘16. Picture courtesy of © LylePhotos.com.
Ville Rantanen at EMBC ‘16. Picture courtesy of © LylePhotos.com.

Researchers from Department of Automation Science and Engineering (ASE) are developing technologies to help people with unilateral facial paralysis. The paralysis is a condition where one side of the face is lacking in functionality due to paralysis of the facial nerve while the other functions as normal. The paralysis is fairly common, and it affects daily activities such as blinking, eating, drinking, and social interaction. The developed technological solutions aim at reanimating the paralysed side of the face by activating it with functional electrical stimulation based on simultaneous measurement of the healthy side. The reanimation can be called facial pacing as it tries to reproduce the activity of the healthy side on the paralysed one.

National Instruments (NI) is a company that provides products for test, measurement, and control. NI also arranges events where industry experts and researchers can exchange information and learn how to use NI products more efficiently. Rantanen was invited to deliver an academic keynote in one such event, NI Days 2016 at Hotel Rantasipi Airport Congress Center, Vantaa, Finland on November 8.

The keynote by Rantanen will deal with the implementation of the prototype technology developed at ASE, and show some results that have been achieved so far using the technology. The prototype uses NI products to gain some of the required functionalities for the target application. NI has published a short case study related to the application:

Combating Unilateral Facial Paralysis With Low-Latency Muscle Reanimation

The research on prosthetic technology for unilateral facial paralysis is a part of the Mimetic Interfaces project that is funded by the Academy of Finland. The project is a joint effort between Tampere University of Technology and University of Tampere. Rantanen is a member of Sensor Technology and Biomeasurements research group that will be a part of the new BioMediTech faculty to be kickstarted in 2017.

Further information:
NI Days 2016 Keynote, Finland
Ville Rantanen, tel. +358 41 503 6363,

News submitted by: Ville Rantanen
News updated by: Mika Puonti
Keywords: science and research, healthcare technology, keynote