Daniel P. Ferris, Ph.D.
After four years as an Associate Editor of IEEE Transactions on Neural Systems and Rehabilitation Engineering (IEEE-TNSRE), I am excited to take on the role of Editor-in-Chief (EiC). I have been very fortunate to have worked with Paul Sajda, the past Editor-in-Chief, and have greatly learned from his advice and guidance. He has been a fantastic steward of the journal, devoting considerable time and energy to improving it over the last six years. The rehabilitation engineering and neural engineering communities owe him considerable thanks for his efforts. Similarly, I would like to thank Jason Sherwood and Noam Schneck for their work as Managing Editors during Paul’s tenure. They have been instrumental in making the journal review process run smoothly and efficiently. They will not gain much fame for their role, but they have contributed substantially to the improvements in IEEE-TNSRE.
I would like to introduce Kara McArthur as the journal’s new Managing Editor. Kara has over 20 years of experience in scholarly publishing, including serving as founding managing editor of the IEEE Journal of Translational Engineering in Health and Medicine . She has been certified as a medical editor and writer by the American Medical Writers Association. Kara has been fantastic during the transition and I expect her to continue to be a key contributor to the coming changes to the journal.
I would like to take this opportunity to ask for ideas and feedback from authors and readers. We hope to find ways to decrease the time for review, improve the quality of the reviews, increase visibility of the journal and its articles, and increase the number of readers. Any and all ideas that would work towards these goals are welcome. Please feel free to contact Kara or me by email with your suggestions.
Our overall goal is to make IEEE-TNSRE the number one rehabilitation engineering journal and number one neural engineering journal. With the advent of new robotic devices for therapeutic rehabilitation and assitive technology, the impact of rehabilitation engineering on healthcare and patient quality of life will continue to increase. Similarly, new advances in neural interfaces and computational neuroscience will yield novel insight into nervous system function and lead to new medical breakthroughs in the coming decade. I look forward to serving you for the next three years.
Daniel P. Ferris is the Robert W. Adenbaum Professor of Engineering Innovation at the University of Florida J. Crayton Pruitt Family Department of Biomedical Engineering. He studies how to integrate machines and humans to improve human performance and mobility in health and disability. Specific research projects focus on robotic lower limb exoskeletons, bionic lower limb prostheses, and mobile brain imaging with high-density electroencephalography. Prof. Ferris completed his B.S. from the University of Central Florida, his M.S. from the University of Miami, and his Ph.D. from University of California, Berkeley. After earning his doctoral degree, he worked as a post-doctoral researcher in the UCLA Department of Neurology and the University of Washington Department of Electrical Engineering. Dr. Ferris spent 16 years at the University of Michigan until recently relocating to the University of Florida in June 2017.