Augmenting Rehabilitation with Engineering
Eric Wade, PhD
Department of Mechanical, Aerospace, and Biomedical Engineering
Thursday, April 3, 2014 at 6:30 PM
525 Min Kao
Changes in population demographics have led to more people aging into and with disability, placing an increasing burden on society. Unfortunately, there is a lack of evidence explaining determinants of outcomes after treatments for disabling diseases.
For instance, after a stroke, it remains unknown how a person’s physical state interacts with rehabilitation practice variables to determine the efficacy of the intervention. The targeted use of assistive technologies with disabled populations is key to bridging this knowledge gap, but will require technical expertise to develop computational tools to help researchers interpret clinically relevant physiological data and a practical understanding of the needs of end users (patients and clinicians) necessary to translate research outcomes to practice.
Guided by these requirements, Wade has taken a computationally grounded approach to monitoring and intervening in the recovery process for people with disabilities. This talk will focus on the application of wearable sensing and robotic technologies to address unsolved problems in motor rehabilitation.
Dr. Eric Wade earned his BS degree in mechanical engineering from the Massachusetts Institute (MIT) of Technology in 2000. He received his duel master in mechanical and electrical engineering from MIT in 2004 and 2007, respectively. He completed a postdoctoral fellowship in Computer Science and Bio-kinesiology and Physical Therapy at the University of Southern California before joining the University of Tennessee as an Assistant Professor in the Department of Mechanical, Aerospace and Biomedical Engineering.
His research interests include developing and applying engineering techniques to outstanding problems in medical health, with a particular focus on wearable sensors, ambient monitoring, and motor rehabilitation.