Kaz Okada, Associate Professor, Computer Science

Kaz Okada, Associate Professor, Computer ScienceKazunori Okada, an associate professor of computer science (pictured above), and Xiaorong Zhang, assistant professor of engineering, have embarked on a project to develop a prosthetic arm that better understands and interprets the complex electromyogram (EMG) signals necessary for elaborate arm, wrist, hand and finger movements. EMG is a measure of electrical voltage generated from muscle contractions and contains information about the neural signals sent from the spinal cord to control the muscles.

The project is the first to receive funding from the Ken Fong Translational Research Fund, which was established through a $5 million donation to support interdisciplinary research projects. The fund has backed Okada and Zhang’s venture with a $20,000 grant.