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Healthcare, Robotics, and Smart Technologies

Healthcare, Robotics, and

Smart technologies

Designing and testing computer-assisted technologies for rehabilitation, prosthetics, and surgical procedures; advancing smart health-management technologies to collect, integrate, and interpret real-time health data; and linking the brain-computer interface via non-invasive technologies to enhance human performance.

Advancements in technology have led to improved quality of life and extended lifespan for many, but there has been a corresponding increase of health care needs as people continue to live longer, not to mention the emergence of new technology to help tackle issues that were previously viewed as chronic or untreatable.

There is a wide array of faculty in the college helping to pursue continual expansion and innovation in health care and its related fields, including computer-assisted technologies, smart health-management innovations, and unlocking the mysteries and potential of the human brain.

In addition to our own labs and research groups, the college is a frequent partner of other entities such as the College of Nursing and UT Medical Center, giving our students, partners, and researchers the ability to work directly with people who will be implementing their designs.

Involved Faculty

Dustin Crouch

Dustin Crouch

Assistant Professor
Prosthetics and Devices

Musculoskeletal biomechanics and neuromuscular coordination; physical integration of limb prostheses with the biological residual limb; computer biomechanical models and simulations; wearable devices for movement assistance.

Richard Komistek

Richard Komistek

Fred M. Roddy Professor
Prosthetics and Devices

Developing mathematical models of the human body musculoskeletal system; analyzing the failure modes for total joint arthroplasty; kinematic and kinetic analysis of the human body; closed and open loop control systems of the human body; design of total joint implantable devices.

Mohamed Mahfouz

Mohamed Mahfouz

Professor
Prosthetics and Devices

Biomedical instrumentation; medical imaging and enhancement; surgical navigation; advanced visualization; orthopedic dynamic modeling; 3D bone and tissue reconstruction; vascular computational fluid dynamics; engineering analysis of surgical techniques and outcomes; anthropomorphic classification.

Caleb Rucker

Caleb Rucker

Associate Professor
Medical Technology and Applications

Robotics; dynamics; solid mechanics; medical applications; computer-aided surgery; understanding robotic manipulators that have a continuously flexible structure; sensing the mechanical interaction between robots and soft tissue; exploring novel manipulator structures and actuation methods.

Jindong Tan

Jindong Tan

Professor
Medical Technology and Applications

Medical and surgical robotics; human-robot interactions; wearable sensors; medical control and systems; mechatronics for advanced devices; computational machinery; biomedical imaging; robotic hands and grasping.

Sarah Hanrahan

Sarah Hanrahan

Lecturer
Medical Technology and Applications

Cell and tissue engineering; physiology; biomedical engineering; biomaterials; medical devices; rehabilitation engineering; signal processing; anesthesiology; neurosciences; central nervous system; neurology and neuromuscular diseases; sensory systems; medical physiology; human biophysics; systems physiology; cognitive sciences.

Nicole McFarlane

Nicole McFarlane

Advance Associate Professor
Medical Technology and Applications

Biotechnology and bio-sensor design particularly for lab-on-chip applications; microfabrication and development of devices; mixed signal circuit design; noise theory for electronic systems; energy and power trade-offs in mixed signal circuit design; channel capacity of analog circuits.

Hairong Qi

Hairong Qi

Gonzalez Family Professor
Medical Technology and Applications

Image processing; computer and machine vision; machine learning; collaborative information processing in sensor networks; hyperspectral image analysis; distributed sensor networks, pattern recognition.

Xiaopeng Zhao

Xiaopeng Zhao

Professor
Medical Technology and Applications

Brain-computer interface; wearable healthcare; computational neuroscience; computational physiology; biomedical informatics; signal processing; machine learning; statistics; epidemic modeling and control; biomechanics; micro- and nano-systems; impact and vibration; system identification; systems dynamics; feedback control; optimal control; agent-based modeling; complex systems; nonlinear dynamics; bifurcation and chaos; stochastic dynamics.

Paul Dalhaimer

Paul Dalhaimer

Associate Professor
Medical Technology and Applications

Mammalian response to soft nanoparticles in general chemotherapy; nanomedicine; the influence of metabolic imbalances; complications from obesity; pharmacokinetics and toxicity of nanoparticles; modelling of nanoparticle efficacy in patients.

Anahita Khojandi

Anahita Khojandi

Associate Professor
Medical Simulation and Modelling

Medical decision making; Markov decision processes; environmental engineering and suitability; civil infrastructure planning; intelligent transportation system; maintenance optimization; dynamic programming; predictive analytics; anomaly detection; applied probability and statistics; reinforcement learning; time series analysis.

Xueping Li

Xueping Li

Professor
Medical Simulation and Modelling

Health information technology and mobile health; health care systems engineering; complex systems modeling, simulation, and optimization; scheduling; cyber physical systems; supply chain engineering and logistics; quality of service of computer and network systems; information systems assurance.

Jeffrey Reinbolt

Jeffrey Reinbolt

Associate Professor
Medical Simulation and Modelling

Development of computational tools and their application to complex biodynamic systems; forward dynamics simulation-based treatment planning; patient-specific modeling; inverse dynamics simulation; optimization techniques; surgical robotics; clinical feasibility and investigative studies for product development.

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