Amanda Edwards is a biomedical engineering PhD candidate working under Dr. Amy Bastian and Dr. Greg Hager (Laboratory for Computational Sensing and Robotics). She received her bachelor's degree in mechanical engineering with a minor in biomechanics from the University of Florida in 2012.
Amanda’s research interests are in rehabilitation/assistive robotics and motor control neuroscience. Her research focuses on patients with cerebellar damage/disease with ataxia. She uses muscle tendon vibration to alter a subject's proprioception. Then, she uses system identification techniques to determine the effects of different frequencies, amplitudes, and frequencies of frequencies of vibration on the subject's proprioception. Using the model determined through system identification, she hopes to be able to apply specific vibration to a subject's arm in order to correct for their ataxia.