Human Dexterity and Motor Control
Note: this work was done by our friend and colleague Paul Michelman,
who passed away unexpectedly on June 30, 2000.
In parallel with work in robot dexterity, we are studying models of human
dexterity and motor control in collaboration with Randall Flanagan (Teachers
College, New York, N.Y.). This work focuses on several areas, primarily (1)
studying grip force modulation under different conditions and object
geometries and (2) analyzing the kinematics and grip forces on objects during
human precision manipulation. There have been surprisingly few studies of
human manipulation strategies as most attention has been directed to reach and
grasping analyses. Our hope is to develop greater understanding of human
manipulation through constrained psychophysical studies and motion analysis.
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