About the Lab

Rehabilitation following neurological injury such as stroke or spinal cord injury is essential.  However, there remain issues that prevent significant advances, such as why some patients benefit from therapy more than others, and recovery is often incomplete.  We have much to learn about how the brain recovers from injury and what causes the impairments that make basic activities so difficult to achieve. The Rewire lab focuses on developing technology that helps characterize the impaired sensorimotor system and transform that knowledge into novel, more effective interventions after neurological injury.  Our lab facilitates collaborations between clinicians, neuroscientists, movement scientists and engineers to create a multi-disciplinary environment capable of addressing these daunting and persistent problems in rehabilitation.  

Awards/News:

2017: Tunc Akbas, ME Graduate Recruitment Poster Winner (Outstanding) "Neuromuscular Characterization of Discoordination Patterns for Post-stroke Stiff Knee Gait"

2017: Sung Yul Shin, ME Graduate Recruitment Poster Winner (Exceptional) "An Individual-specific, Affordable, Robotic Gait Trainer for People with Neurological Injury"

2017: Gaurav Ghorpade, Best coursework poster award at the 2nd CARE Research Day at University of Texas at Austin, TX, Mar, 2017: "IMU based Ankle Clonus Test"

2017: Poornima Tamma and David Ziemnicki, Best undergraduate poster award at the 2nd CARE Research Day at University of Texas at Austin, TX, Mar, 2017: "Understanding Post Stroke Compensations Using Mechanically Induced Stiff Knee Gait"

2016: Mission Connect Symposium - Other Category Winner 1st Place (Chungmin Han, Mission Connect Annual Symposium, Houston TX (2016): "Inspecting in vivo Measurement Characterizing Neural Correlates of Spasticity after Stroke")

2016: Article in Siliconhills News, "Professors Pitch a New Mouse, Exercise Device and Better Catalysts at UT Austin"

2016: Tunc Akbas, NIH R13 grant.

2016: Chungmin Han, 1st place poster award at the 1st Clinically Applied Rehabilitation Engineering (CARE) Research Day at University of Texas at Austin, USA, Mar 11, 2016

2015: Mission Connect Symposium - SCI Graduate Student Award 1st Place (Sung Yul Shin, Mission Connect Annual Symposium, Houston TX (2015): "Kinematic Biomarkers of Gait Recovery in Acute Stroke and Spinal Conrd Injured Patients")

2015: Article in UT News, "Keeping It Simple: Engineering Students Invent Device to Improve Physical Therapy"

2015: Eugene Alford Robotics Award, Mission Connect

2015: Presidential Fellowship (Stephen Garza)

2015: Real-time Functional Imaging and Neurofeedback Conference - Best Poster (Ethan Oblak, Real-time Functional Imaging and Neuroscience Conference (rtFIN), Gainesville FL (2015): "Effects of Signal to Noise and Feedback Delay on Simulated Neurofeedback: Implications for Real-time fMRI")

2014: Mission Connect Symposium - Best Overall Poster (Ethan Oblak, Brain Injury Category, Mission Connect Annual Symposium, Houston TX (2014): "Towards Neurally Guided Physical Therapy")