Friday August 23, 2019
On January 15, 2019, a group of TIRR Foundation board members visited the lab of Pepe Contreras-Vidal, Ph.D. at the University of Houston. Dr. Contreras-Vidal and his team of researchers presented their latest work. Dr. Contreras-Vidal’s lab has created a child-sized exoskeleton that allows movements specific to those of a child without restricting mobility. Mission Connect has provided funding throughout the design and construction of this device that is now in the patent phase. Soon Dr. Contreras-Vidal will begin clinical testing of the robot in groups of children with lower limb paralysis. Currently, there are no commercially available mobility assistive devices for children.
Pepe Contreras-Vidal, Ph.D. is the Hugh Roy and Lillie Cranz Cullen Distinguished Professor of electrical and computer engineering at the University of Houston where he directs the Noninvasive Brain-Machine Interface Systems Lab. His research interests include neuroprosthetics and powered exoskeletons, neuroaesthetics studies conducted in public settings, mobile neuroimaging, reverse-translational studies of brain plasticity, computational neuroscience and regulatory aspects of human-machine systems. Dr. Contreras-Vidal joined Mission Connect in 2013.