Panagiotis Artemiadis, Ph.D.
Arizona State University, Tempe, AZ, USA
Phone: (480) 965-4182, Fax: (480) 727-9321
Dr. Artemiadis’ primary research interests have been in robotics and autonomous systems that interact with humans. The goals of his research have been to improve the quality of life by developing and controlling robotic devices that physically and cognitively interact and collaborate with humans. This interaction can be with devices that assist and augment human capabilities, as well as provide motor rehabilitation therapy to impaired individuals. In order to accomplish this, Dr. Artemiadis’ research has been focusing on answering important questions regarding the symbiosis of humans and robots in environments that involve physical and cognitive interaction.
Mahnaz Arvaneh, Ph.D.
Department of Automatic Control and Systems Engineering
The University of Sheffield
Mappin Street, Sheffield, S1 3JD
Phone: +44 (0)114 222 5649
Dr Arvaneh’s research interest includes brain-computer interface, assistive technology, prosthetic control, cognitive processes and their clinical applications. She applies her expertise in adaptive signal processing and machine learning to accurately detect different biomarkers within brain and other physiological signals. She has incorporated these biomarkers in a range of robotic stroke rehabilitation, brain monitoring and cognitive performance enhancement experiments both in the laboratory and clinical settings. Dr Arvaneh is the head of Physiological Signals and Systems laboratory in the Automatic Control and Systems Engineering department at University of Sheffield, where analytical and experimental techniques are combined to develop improved therapeutic, assistive, adaptive and rehabilitative technologies for a variety of conditions.
Fabio Babiloni, Ph.D.
Associate Professor of Physiology
Associate Editor of Clinical Neurophysiology
Associate Editor of International Journal of Bioelectromagnetism
University of Rome “La Sapienza”, P.le A. Moro 500185, Rome, Italy
Dr. Babiloni’s research interests include high resolution EEG, multimodal integration of EEG, MEG and fMRI data, and brain computer interface. Dr. Fabio Babiloni investigated the techniques needed to improve greatly the spatial details of the brain activity as obtained by scalp EEG recordings. The original scientific contributions of dr. Fabio Babiloni in the field of the high resolution EEG are related to the study of methods to improve greatly the spatial distribution of the acquired EEG signals, usually blurred and distorted by the action of the head as volume conductor. Dr. Babiloni also studies possible methods for the multimodal integration of data from different brain imaging modalities. Another area of interest is the study of possible methods for the estimation of cortical connectivity, i.e. the estimation of how the single cortical areas can be functionally linked one to the others during particular time period of a task. Dr. Babiloni investigates this issue with the use of several methods, some of them only used in the fMRI field and now adapted by dr. Babiloni also in the field of EEG and MEG. More recently, Dr. Babiloni has initiated the study of possible methods to recognize imagined mental activity by using the non invasive EEG electrodes.
Thor F. Besier PhD
Associate Professor, Auckland Bioengineering Institute & Department of Engineering Science
University of Auckland, New Zealand
Thor Besier is an Associate Professor at the Auckland Bioengineering Institute and has a joint appointment with the Department of Engineering Science at the University of Auckland, New Zealand. Thor’s research combines medical imaging with computational modelling to understand mechanisms of musculoskeletal injury and disease. He has published >95 peer-reviewed journal papers in this area and has received grant funding from the NIH, NSF, FDA, Australian ARC and NHMRC and NZ Marsden Fund. Thor’s current projects focus on developing gait retraining technology for osteoarthritis and neurological disorders as well as open source modelling tools to generate musculoskeletal models for in silico testing of medical devices. Prior to joining the Auckland Bioengineering Institute in 2011, he spent 8 years at Stanford University as a faculty member in the Department of Orthopaedics and a post-doctoral research fellow in Bioengineering. Thor completed his Ph.D. in 2000 at the University of Western Australia in the field of Biomechanics.
Anastasios Bezerianos, Ph.D.
Dept. of Medical Physics, School of Medicine
University of Patras, GR 26500 PATRAS, Greece
Prof. A. G. Bezerianos heads the Biosignal Processing Group, one of the five groups of Medical Physics Department at the Medical School in Patras, Greece. The group is engaged in research and teaching in both undergraduate and postgraduate levels and participates in national, European Union and international research and development projects. His research interests are analysis of biological time series, information measures of brain injury, modeling biological systems, and bioinformatics.
Anna M. Bianchi, MS
Full professor of Biomedical Engineering
Politecnico di Milano, Department of Electronics, Information and Bioengineering
Piazza Leonardo da Vinci 32, 20133 Milano, Italy
Phone: +39 02 2399 3342
Her research interests are mainly related to the processing of biomedical signals and images and to the development of innovative methodologies for feature extraction and for enhancement of the information content and the formulation of new interpretative models to be applied both in physiological studies and in clinics.
Applications are in the analysis of signals and images from the central nervous system, including EEG, sEEG, fMRI, fNIRS, MRI for a better understanding of the physiological mechanisms related to cognitive processes, brain plasticity, rehabilitation, and for the characterization of pathological conditions, such as epilepsia, cerebral palsy, traumatic brain injury. Further studies of peripheral signals, heart rate, blood pressure, respiration, are focused on cardiovascular modelling and emotion recognition.
The methodological effort focuses mainly on the development of time-frequency analysis; parametric recursive identification; multi-variable parametric modeling; non-linear feature extraction; linear and non-linear synchronization of biomedical series; data, signal and image fusion.
Rory A. Cooper, Ph.D.
Distinguished Professor and FISA/PVA Chairman
Director, Human Engineering Research Laboratories
Rehabilitation Science and Technology
School of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences
University of Pittsburgh
5044 Forbes Tower, Pittsburgh, PA 15260
Office: (412) 383-6590
Lab: (412) 365-4850
Dr. Cooper’s research interests include Rehabilitation engineering, robotics & mechatronics, quality of life technology design, assessment and technology transfer, biomechanics.
Max Donelan, PhD
Department of Biomedical Physiology & Kinesiology
Simon Fraser University, Burnaby, BC, Canada
Max Donelan is an Professor of Biomedical Physiology & Kinesiology at Simon Fraser University in Vancouver, British Columbia. His research integrates biomechanical, neurophysiological, and energetic approaches to uncover fundamental principles of biological movement, and the application of these principles to improve lives. For TNSRE, he is particularly interested in technological advances that that leverage fundamental insight into human physiology. His expertise includes neuromechanics, biomechanics, energetics, motor control, locomotion, wearable technology, exoskeletons, and energy harvesting.
Deanna H. Gates, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor of Movement Science, Biomedical Engineering and Robotics
University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI, USA
Dr. Gates directs the Rehabilitation Biomechanics Laboratory at the University of Michigan. The lab focuses on 1) determining biomechanical and motor control strategies for repetitive human movements such as walking and reaching, 2) assessing biomechanical adaptations to prosthesis and orthosis use, 3) outcomes assessment of devices and rehabilitation, and 4) optimization of prosthetic control.
Nicholas Hatsopoulos, Ph.D.
Professor of Organismal Biology and Anatomy
Department of Organismal Biology and Anatomy
University of Chicago
Office: Anatomy 202
1029 E. 57th St., Chicago, IL 60637
Dr. Hatsopoulos’s research focuses on the cortical basis of motor control and learning. His work investigates what features of motor behavior are encoded and how this information is represented in the collective activity of large neuronal ensembles in the motor, premotor, and somatosensory cortices. He is also interested in what way these representations change as motor learning occurs. His approach has been to simultaneously record neural activity from large groups of neurons using multi-electrode arrays while performing detailed kinematic, kinetic, and muscle measurements of goal-directed, motor behaviors, and to develop mathematical models that relate neural activity with behavior. These mathematical models provide insights as to what aspects of motor behavior are being encoded in cortical neurons, but also can be used to decipher or “decode” neural activity in order to predict movement which has practical implications for brain-machine interface development. Ultimately, this research may lead to neural prosthetic technologies that will allow people with spinal cord injury, ALS, or amputation to use brain signals to voluntarily control a device so as to interact with the world.
Walter Herzog, Ph.D.
Director Human Performance Lab
Canada Research Chair in Molecular and Cellular Biomechanics
Professor, Faculty of Kinesiology, Engineering, Medicine and Veterinary Medicine
Dr. Herzog’s research is focused on the neuro-biomechanics of the musculoskeletal system. Expertise is in the area of growth, healing, and adaptation of soft (ligament, tendon, muscle, and articular cartilage) and hard (bone tissues). Within this area we work experimentally and theoretically on the molecular/cellular, in vitro, in situ, and in vivo level. It also includes cell manipulation and mechanical testing as well as finite element modeling, continuum mechanics, simulations and theories of growth and adaptation. Current research interests of his laboratory may be divided into three basic areas: (i) muscle mechanics, (ii) joint injuries and diseases; and (iii) clinical rehabilitation. The long term goals in muscle mechanics research are to understand the molecular mechanisms of contraction, and to determine the functional role of muscles working in vivo. The focus of the joint biomechanics research is in understanding the in vivo mechanical loading of joints during everyday movements and the adaptive/degenerative responses that this loading might produce. The clinical rehabilitation research is primarily focused on patients with neuro-musculoskeletal injuries and diseases and effective (conservative) treatment strategies.
Bo Hong, Ph.D.
Associate Professor of Biomedical Engineering
Department of Biomedical Engineering, School of Medicine
Tsinghua University, Beijing, 100084, China
Dr. Hong’s research is focused on in vivo neural information decoding. At macro scale, his group use scalp/cortical EEG to classify brain states for a direct communication between human brain and computer or other devices, aiming at new type of neural prostheses. Especially, his research emphasizes active (cognitive) brain computer interface paradigms and BCI induced cortical plasticity. While at micro scale, single unit extracellular recording and multi-dimensional data analysis was employed to find the neural code for information representation along the sensory pathway and cortex, especially in the auditory system. For clinical application, the discovered neural information representation rules and neural information decoding technologies are employed to help with the diagnosis and rehabilitation of neural disorders.
He (Helen) Huang, Ph.D.
Professor, NCSU/UNC Department of Biomedical Engineering
Director, NCSU/UNC Closed-Loop Engineering for Advanced Rehabilitation (CLEAR) Core
North Carolina State University and University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Dr. Huang is a Professor of Biomedical Engineering in the Joint Department of Biomedical Engineering at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (UNC) and North Carolina State University (NCSU) and the Director of the NCSU/UNC Closed-Loop Engineering for Advanced Rehabilitation (CLEAR) Core. Dr. Huang’s research interest lies in neural-machine interfaces for prostheses and exoskeletons, wearer-robot interaction, adaptive and optimal control of wearable robots, and human movement control. She pioneered EMG-based neural interface for robotic prosthetic legs. This work has won her the Delsys Prize in 2008. Her lab also invented novel control for multifunctional prosthetic arms based on EMG-driven musculoskeletal models. Her current research focuses on (1) optimal adaptive control of wearable robots with human-in-the-loop, (2) fault-tolerance in wearer-robot interaction, and (3) shared control of artificial limbs. She is a senior member of IEEE and member of the Society for Neuroscience and BMES.
Ernest N. Kamavuako, Ph.D.
Senior Lecturer in Engineering
Centre for Robotics Research (CORE)
Department of Informatics
Faculty of Natural & Mathematical Sciences
King’s College London
Strand Campus, Bush House, Level 5, (N)5.03, 30 Aldwych, London, WC2B 4BG, United Kingdom
Tel: +44 207 848 8666
Ernest Kamavuako is a Senior Lecturer in the department of Informatics, King’s College London, United Kingdom. Between 2014 and 2017, he was an Associate Professor in the Department of Health Science and Technology, Aalborg University, Denmark with excellent teaching and supervision skills. In 2015, he was named teacher of the year by the students of study board for health technology and Sport science. From 2007 to 2008, he was a Research Scholar in the Biomedical Department, IUPUI, Indianapolis, USA. From 2012 to 2013, he was a Visiting Postdoctoral Fellow at the Institute of Biomedical Engineering, University of New Brunswick, Canada. He has good publication record with main research interests related to the use of invasive recordings in the control of upper limb prostheses. Other research interests include muscle recovery functions following electrical stimulation, applied signal processing and the application of near-infrared spectroscopy and EEG for brain–computer interface and speech processing. ENK is an Associate Editor for IEEE transactions on Neural Systems and Rehabilitation Engineering. In January 2017, ENK was appointed Adjunct Professor in the Department of electrical and computer engineering at the University of New Brunswick. In 2017 he was working as academic visitor in the department of bioengineering, Imperial College London, United Kingdom.
Derek Kamper, Ph.D.
Associate Professor, NCSU/UNC Joint Department of Biomedical Engineering
North Carolina State University
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
4420 Engineering Building III, Raleigh, NC
Tel: (919) 515-4411
Dr. Kamper’s research interests focus on the neuromechanics of the upper extremity and the restoration of upper extremity function following neurological injury. Studies of biomechanics and motor control are undertaken with the goal of identifying impairment mechanisms in individuals following neurological damage. Knowledge of these mechanisms guides the development of novel interventions, including virtual reality and soft exoskeletons.
Emily A. Keshner, PT EdD
Professor, Dept. of Physical Therapy
Director, Virtual Environment and Postural Organization (VEPO) Lab
Past-President, ISPGR and ISVR
Temple University, Philadelphia, PA, USA
Dr. Emily A. Keshner is a Professor in the Department of Physical Therapy at Temple University. She is Director of the Virtual Environment and Postural Orientation (VEPO) Laboratory at Temple University, which was developed for experimental and clinical testing of postural behavior within a simulated visual environment where she collaborates with clinicians, computer scientists, and bioengineers. Her current research focuses on how the CNS computes conflicting sensory feedback demands to organize effective postural behavior. Studies are performed with multiple populations including healthy adults and those with balance problems and central nervous system disorders, such as vestibular deficit, stroke and cerebral palsy, to understand how control parameters change with age and dysfunction. The goal of this research is to develop treatment interventions that will effectively reduce instability and falls in aging and clinical populations.
Kazuo Kiguchi, Ph.D.
Professor, Faculty of Engineering
Kyushu University, Fukuoka, Japan
Dr. Kiguchi directs System Engineering Laboratory in Department of Mechanical Engineering at Kyushu University. Dr. Kiguchi’s research interests include human assist robots, rehabilitation robots, human-robot interface, EEG analysis, EMG analysis, human motion simulators, and surgery simulators.
Glenn K. Klute, PhD
Research Career Scientist, Dept. of Veterans Affairs
Affiliate Professor, Dept. of Mechanical Engineering, University of Washington
Dr. Klute’s research aims to enhance the mobility of individuals with lower limb amputation. His interests in biomechanics and robotics include: development of prosthetic lower limbs to facilitate the complex maneuvering gait that occurs in everyday life, terrain adapting prostheses that improve balance, and prostheses that remain secure despite vigorous activity in demanding environments.
Li-Wei (Leo) Ko, Ph.D.
Associate Professor of Institute of Bioinformatics and Systems Biology
National Chiao Tung University, 30010, Hsinchu, Taiwan
Dr. Ko is an Associate Professor in Institute of Bioinformatics and Systems Biology in National Chiao Tung University, Hsinchu, Taiwan. Dr. Ko is also affiliated with Institute of Biomedical Engineering, and Brain Research Center in NCTU, Taiwan. Dr, Ko is also the visiting scholar in Institute for Neural Computation (INC) in University of California, San Diego (UCSD). Dr. Ko leads Neural Engineering Laboratory in NCTU and primary research interests are focusing on neural engineering related research, especially in brain computer interface (BCI), real-world neuroimaging (RWN), EEG-fMRI simultaneous recording, functional near-infrared spectroscopy(fNIRS), and neural computation in the neurological diseases such as neural rehabilitation, migraine, and sleep disorders. In academic service, Dr. Ko was the Associate Editors of IEEE Transactions on Neural Networks and Learning Systems (Impact Factor: 6.108, Rank: 3/104, of computer science, theory and methods) in IEEE Computational Intelligence Society (CIS) from 2010-2015 and served as the committee members in neural networks and fuzzy systems technical committees.
Chandramouli Krishnan, P.T., Ph.D.
Assistant Professor of Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation, Biomedical Engineering, Kinesiology, and Robotics Institute
University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI, USA
Professor Krishnan directs the Neuromuscular and Rehabilitation Robotics Laboratory (NeuRRo Lab) at the University of Michigan. He is a physical therapist by background and has vast clinical experience both in inpatient and outpatient rehabilitation. He received his PhD in Physical Therapy & Rehabilitation Science from the University of Iowa in 2009 and completed a 3-year postdoctoral fellowship in Robotics and Noninvasive Brain Stimulation at the Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago and Northwestern University. His research involves both mechanistic and interventional studies to facilitate our current understanding of neuromuscular function and regulation in the context of movement control and neuromuscular plasticity. He has a special interest in developing and testing low-cost technologies for the assessment and treatment of neurological and orthopedic conditions.
Dinesh Kant Kumar, Ph.D.
Leader of Biosignals
124, Latrobe Street, Melbourne 3000, VICTORIA, AUSTRALIA
Phone: +61 3 9925 1954
Dr. Dinesh Kant Kumar, PhD in Biosignals, with focus on cerebral palsy, is the founder of the biosignals laboratory at RMIT University, Australia. He is an academic with over 250 publications and 7 patents, and an inventor with a start-up in the space of signal classification. He chairs the Biosignal conference in Brazil, and has received various national and international awards and scholarships for promoting biosignals research in Australia, Europe and Latin America.
Brent Lance, Ph.D.
USC Institute for Creative Technologies
U.S. Army Research Laboratory, Adelphi, MD, USA
Dr. Lance is the founding chief of the U.S. Army’s intramural research program on nonmedical brain-computer interaction (BCI) at Army Resarch Laboratory. The Lab’s vision for BCI technologies focuses on the development of technologies that improve the performance of healthy individuals. Specialties: EEG & physiological signal processing, machine learning, software development.
Silvestro Micera, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor of BioRobotics
ARTS and CRIM Labs
Scuola Superiore Sant’Anna, Pisa, Italy
Head of the Neuroprosthesis Control Group
Institute for Automation
Swiss Federal Institute of Technology, Zurich, Switzerland
Dr. Micera’s research interests include the development of hybrid neuroprosthetic systems (interfacing the central and peripheral nervous systems with artificial systems) and of mechatronic and robotic systems for function and assessment restoration in disabled and elderly persons.
Pedram Mohseni, Ph.D.
Case Western Reserve University
Electrical Engineering & Computer Science Department
Biomedical Engineering Department
Glennan Building, Room 517-B
2123 Martin Luther King, Kr. Drive, Cleveland, OH 44106-7071
Tel: (216) 368-5263
Fax: (216) 368-6888
Prof. Pedram Mohseni has directed the BioMicroSystems Laboratory in the Electrical Engineering and Computer Science Department at Case Western Reserve University since 2005. The research activities of the laboratory lie in the fields of biomicrosystems, implantable neuroprostheses, wireless brain-machine interfaces, microelectronics for neural engineering, and wireless integrated sensing/actuating systems. In particular, Prof. Mohseni’s research aims to employ engineering techniques to investigate the function and manipulate the behavior of the nervous system in both electrical and chemical paradigms, with the ultimate goal of enabling the investigation of brain-behavior relationships in neurobiology and restoring human function via direct interactions between the nervous system and state-of-the-art engineered devices.
Karen Moxon, Ph.D.
Professor of Biomedical Engineering and Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering
Center for Neuroscience, University of California, Davis CA, USA
Dr. Moxon is Professor in the departments of Biomedical Engineering and Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering as well as a member of the Center for Neuroscience at the University of California, Davis. Professor Moxon received her BS from the University of Michigan in Chemical Engineering and her PhD from the University of Colorado in Aerospace Engineering. Her research examines how neuronal circuits encode information and the impact of injury and disease on neural encoding. She has developed new technologies to further this area of research, obtaining two patents with four patents pending. She is an elected fellow of the American Institute for Medical and Biological Engineers and the American Association for the Advancement of Science.
Ferdinando Mussa-Ivaldi, Ph.D.
Feinberg School of Medicine, Northwestern University
McCormick School of Engineering, Northwestern University, Chicago, IL, USA
Dr. Mussa-Ivaldi’s research interests include robotics, neurobiology of the sensory-motor system and computational neuroscience. Among Dr. Mussa-Ivaldi’s achievements are the first measurement of human arm multi-joint impedance, the development of a technique for investigating the mechanisms of motor learning through the application of deterministic force fields, the discovery of a family of integrable generalized inverses for redundant kinematic chains, the discovery of functional modules within the spinal cord that generate a discrete family of force-fields, the development of a theoretical framework for the representation, generation and learning of limb movements and the development of the first neurorobotic system in which a neural preparation in-vitro – the brainstem of a lamprey – controls the behavior of a mobile-robot through a closed-loop interaction.
Karim Oweiss, Ph.D
Professor of Electrical & Computer Engineering
University of Florida
Gainesville, FL, USA
Phone: (352) 294-1898
Dr. Oweiss is a senior member of the IEEE and a member of the Society for Neuroscience. His lab’s primary research interests are: 1) studying the basic mechanisms of sensorimotor integration; 2) engineer clinically viable brain machine interface systems to restore, augment or repair damaged neurological function.
He focuses on the mechanisms of neural integration and plasticity in sensorimotor systems in the mammalian brain. In particular, he seeks to understand: 1) how ensembles of neurons represent and integrate multiple sensory cues to guide motor action; 2) how neural computations take place at the cellular and population level with cell-type specificity; 3) how neural ensemble activity can be decoded to actuate artificial devices; 4) how precise control of cell-type-specific events can perturb and control neural responses to evoke desired behavioral outcome.He has published over 140 peer-reviewed journal and conference articles related to neural signal processing and brain machine interfaces, and how they can be used to quantify and induce neuroplasticity. He is the editor and co-author of the book: Statistical Signal Processing for Neuroscience and Neurotechnology, published by Academic Press in 2010.
Volkan Patoglu, Ph.D.
Associate Professor, Mechatronics Engineering
Labs: http://hmi.sabanciuniv.edu/ and http://cogrobo.sabanciuniv.edu/
Dr. Patoglu’s research is in the area of physical human-robot interaction. His research focuses on optimal design and control of force-feedback robotic systems (e.g., rehabilitation robots, exoskeletons, prostheses, surgical robots) under the constraints imposed by human biomechanics and sensorimotor control. His studies extend to cognitive robotics.
José L. Pons Rovira, Ph.D.
Spanish Council for Scientific Research, Madrid, Spain
Tel. +34 91 5854750 (ext.4712)
Prof. J.L. Pons’ work centers in the areas of rehabilitation robotics, new actuators, and control technologies. His work with the Spanish Council for Scientific Research involves participating in and leading national, European Union and international research and development initiatives to leverage technology to improve the lives of people with disabilities. His research group’s main efforts focus on developing methods and technologies that increase understanding of and control over human biological systems and their interaction with the environment.
Erik Scheme, Ph.D., P.Eng
University of New Brunswick, Fredericton, Canada
Phone: 1 506 458 7029
Dr. Scheme holds the NB Innovation Research Chair in Medical Devices and Technologies, the charge of which is to grow Industry-Academia partnerships, and to build and strengthen collaborations among industry, researchers and clinicians. His research interests include: health diagnostics and predictive analytics, biological signal processing and control, rehabilitation engineering, and human machine interfaces.
Alfred C. Schouten, Ph.D.
Associate Professor, Delft University of Technology
Faculty of Mechanical, Maritime and Materials Engineering, Department of Biomechanical Engineering, Delft, the Netherlands
University of Twente, Faculty of Engineering Technology, department of Biomechanical Engineering, Enschede, the Netherlands
Dr. Alfred C. Schouten is an associate professor at the Delft University of Technology and the University of Twente. Dr. Schouten’s research interests include neuromuscular control, neuromuscular modeling, EEG analysis, haptic manipulators, system identification, and neurorehabilitation.
Jon Sensinger, Ph.D.
University of New Brunswick, Fredericton, Canada
Dr. Sensinger’s current research efforts are focused on improving the control of prostheses, using computational motor control approaches in upper-limb prostheses and a variety of control strategies for lower-limb prostheses and exoskeletons. Dr. Sensinger is a co-founder and partner of Coapt LLC, a company providing pattern recognition controllers that integrate with existing prosthetic devices.
Peter B. Shull, Ph.D.
Shanghai Jiao Tong University, Shanghai, China
Dr. Shull’s research interests include human performance measurement and analysis, wearable sensors, biomechanics of locomotion, and machine learning. His laboratory develops wearable systems to explore principles of human movement and movement modification. His group combines robotic, haptic, and biomechanics principles to create unique sensors, real-time models, sensor fusion algorithms, and novel feedback devices. They focus on human movement in laboratories, in clinics, and in natural environments such as a home or office. Target applications are in medicine such as osteoarthritis and stroke, and in athletics such as basketball and running.
Cara E. Stepp, Ph.D.
Departments of Speech, Language, & Hearing Sciences, Biomedical Engineering, and Otolaryngology – Head & Neck Surgery, Boston University
Dr. Stepp directs the STEPP LAB for Sensorimotor Rehabilitation Engineering at Boston University. Dr. Stepp’s research uses engineering tools to improve the assessment, rehabilitation, and augmentation of function in individuals with sensorimotor disorders of voice and speech. Her work utilizes various biosignals, including acoustics, kinematics of speech articulators and respiration, laryngeal imaging, and surface electromyography. Across various patient populations, Dr. Stepp’s work focuses on the interaction between sensory function (somatosensory, auditory, and visual) and production in communication.
Lotte N. S. Andreasen Struijk, Ph.D.
Aalborg University, Aalborg, Denmark
Phone: 9940 7457
Dr. Struijk’s research focuses on rehabilitation robotics, tongue computer interfaces, assistive robotics, neurorehabilitation robotics, human machine interfacing, and biorobotics.
Shanbao Tong, Ph.D.
Neural Engineering Laboratory
School of Biomedical Engineering
Med-X Research Institute
Shanghai Jiao Tong University, Shanghai 200030, China
Dr. Shanbao Tong directs the neural engineering laboratory on the research of (1) multimodal neuroimaging techniques for understanding the brain following ischemic injury, including EEG, fNIR and fMRI; (2) functional connectivity and neural plasticity following the ischemic stroke and its rehabilitation, (3) functional optical brain imaging and the instrumentation of high resolution and real time laser speckle imaging techniques and systems. His lab has engaged in developing high resolution cerebral blood flow imaging for both anesthetized and freely moving subjects, (4) transcranial ultrasound stimulation and applications.
Karen L. Troy, PhD
Associate Professor, Biomedical Engineering and Mechanical Engineering
Worcester Polytechnic Institute, Worcester, MA
Karen L. Troy directs the Musculoskeletal Biomechanics Laboratory, where she investigates questions related to musculoskeletal health and structure, physical activity, and biomechanics, in healthy and clinical populations. She has expertise in computational biomechanics and finite element modeling, aging and fall avoidance, and medical imaging. She has worked on clinical trials targeting bone health in both healthy women and people with spinal cord injury. She collaborates with physicians in the areas of orthopaedic trauma, radiology, rheumatology, and physical medicine and rehabilitation.
Aleksandra Vuckovic, Ph.D.
University of Glasgow, Glasgow, Scotland, UK
Phone: 0141 330 3251
Dr. Vuckovic’s research interests are in cortical basis of sensory motor control and neuroplasticity. Recently she has been developing novel Brain Computer Interface strategies for patient self-managed therapies. She is also interested in EEG markers of neurological conditions such as neuropathic pain and in development and clinical testing of EEG and fMRI based neuromodulatory therapies based on single and multiple users.
Dr. Wang’s research interests include neural coding, neuroprosthetics, brain-machine interfaces, systems neuroscience and biomedical instrumentation. As the director of Columbia’s Raymond and Beverly Sackler Laboratory for Neural Engineering and Control, he investigates Brain-machine interfaces, Neural coding of tactile sensations, and Biomedical instrumentation. More specifically, the lab utilizes experimental and theoretical approaches to investigate how the brain extracts information about the outside world through the electrical activity of neurons (reading the neural code), and how we shape downstream population neural activities, and ultimately perception, through patterned microstimulation (writing the neural code). The long-term goal of our research is to provide the bridge to clinical applications.
Yiwen Wang, Ph.D.
Hong Kong University of Science and Technology, Kowloon, Hong Kong
Yiwen Wang is currently assistant professor of Department of Electronics and Computer Engineering and Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering at the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology, Kowloon, Hong Kong. Her research interests are in neural decoding of brain-machine interfaces, adaptive signal processing, computational neuroscience, neuromorphic engineering. She serves in the IEEE EMBS Neural Engineering Tech Committee, and is an Associate Editor of the IEEE Transactions on Neural Systems and Rehabilitation Engineering. She holds one US patent and has authored more than 70 peer-reviewed publications.
James D. Weiland, Ph.D.
University of Michigan
Ann Arbor, MI
Dr. Weiland is a Professor in the Department of Biomedical Engineering at the University of Michigan, and director of the BioElectronic Vision Laboratory. He studies implantable and wearable electronic systems for the visual system and other sensory modalities. Current research projects include bioelectronic retinal prostheses and wearable smart cameras.
Ping Zhou, Ph.D.
Professor, Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation
University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston (UTHealth)
Phone: 713-797-7126 • Fax: 713-500-0710
Dr. Ping Zhou is a Professor in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation at the University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston (UTHealth), TX, USA. He directs the NeuroMyo Engineering for Rehabilitation Laboratory of the TIRR Memorial Hermann Hospital, Houston, TX, USA, and the Neuromuscular Performance & Rehabilitation Laboratory of the Guangdong Work Injury Rehabilitation Hospital, Guangzhou, China. His current research interests include biomedical signal (in particular, EMG) processing, motor unit pathophysiology after neurological injuries, noninvasive electrodiagnosis of neuromuscular diseases, advanced myoelectric control, and assistive devices for neurorehabilitation.