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Elizabeth T. Hsiao-Wecksler

Elizabeth T Hsiao-Wecksler
(217) 333-3415
122 Mechanical Engineering Bldg
Professor
(217) 333-3415
122 Mechanical Engineering Bldg

Research Topics

  • Molecular, Cellular and Tissue Engineering

Education

  • Ph.D., Mechanical Engineering, University of California-Berkeley, 2000
  • M.S. Mech. Eng. Rochester Institute of Technology 1994
  • B.S. Mech. Eng. Cornell University 1987

Academic Positions

  • Faculty Affiliate, Co-Course Director, Clinical Neuroscience, Carle Illinois College of Medicine, 03/17 – present
  • Visiting Affiliate Faculty, Prosthetics & Orthotics Program, School of Biological Sciences, Georgia Institute of Technology, January 2017-May 2017
  • Associate Head for Undergraduate Programs, Department of Mechanical Science and Engineering, UIUC, August 16, 2015-date
  • Professor, Information Trust Institute, UIUC, August 16, 2015-date
  • Professor, Department of Mechanical Science and Engineering, UIUC, August 16, 2015-date
  • Faculty Affiliate, Beckman Institute, UIUC, February 2014-date
  • Faculty Affiliate, Neuroscience Program, UIUC, March 2011-date
  • Faculty Affiliate, NSF IGERT Program in Neuroengineering, UIUC, May 2010-date
  • Associate Professor, Information Trust Institute, UIUC, November 16, 2011-August 16, 2015
  • Research Associate Professor, Information Trust Institute, UIUC, August 16, 2009-November 15, 2011
  • Associate Professor, Department of Mechanical Science and Engineering, UIUC, August 16, 2009-August 16, 2015
  • Faculty Affiliate, Center on Health, Aging and Disability, UIUC, 2008-date
  • Research Assistant Professor, Information Trust Institute, UIUC, November 2006 - August 16, 2009
  • Faculty Affiliate, Center for Autonomous Engineering Systems and Robotics (CAESAR), November 2006-date
  • Faculty Affiliate, Department of Industrial and Enterprise Systems Engineering, UIUC, August 16, 2005-date
  • Faculty Affiliate, Bioengineering Program, UIUC, October 31, 2002-date
  • Assistant Professor, Department of Mechanical Science and Engineering, UIUC, July 21, 2002-August 15, 2009
  • Postdoctoral Fellow, Boston University and Harvard Medical School, Boston, MA, April 2000-June 2002

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Research Topics

  • Molecular, Cellular and Tissue Engineering

Research Interests

  • Powered orthoses (not prostheses). Exoskeletons
  • Assistive device development: Utilizing fluid power (pneumatic/hydraulics), soft robotics, mechatronics
  • Locomotion biomechanics: Focusing on mobility: gait, balance, wheelchair propulsion

Research Statement

I direct the Human Dynamics and Controls Laboratory (HDCL) in the Department of Mechanical Science and Engineering. Our research group uses methods from design, control theory, mechatronics, pneumatics and soft robotics, musculoskeletal biomechanics, and movement analysis. The HDCL focuses on investigating and improving movement control and function through two main areas: assistive device development and locomotion biomechanics. The HDCL’s interest in assistive device development stems from a desire to improve function and the quality of life of persons with disability. To address these areas, we have been involved in the development of pneumatically powered orthotic devices for the upper and lower extremities and multi-speed wheel systems for manual wheelchairs in conjunction with IntelliWheels, Inc., a local start-up.

Articles in Conference Proceedings

  • Thompson, N., Zhang, X., Ayala, F., Hsiao-Wecksler, E.T., Krishnan, G. “Augmented Joint Stiffness and Actuation using Architectures of Soft Pneumatic Actuators”, 2018 IEEE International Conference on Robotics and Automation (ICRA), Brisbane, Australia, May 21-25, 2018, accepted.
  • Song, S.Y, Pei, Y., Tippett, S.R., Lamichhane, D., Zallek, C.M., Hsiao-Wecksler, E.T. "Validation of a Wearable Position, Velocity, and Resistance Meter for Assessing Spasticity and Rigidity", Design of Medical Devices Conference, Minneapolis, MN, April 10-12, 2018, accepted
  • Pei, Y., Ewoldt, R.H., Zallek, C.M., Hsiao-Wecksler, E.T. “Revised Design of a Passive Hydraulic Training Simulator of Biceps Spasticity”, Design of Medical Devices Conference, Minneapolis, MN, April 10-12, 2018, accepted
  • Garag, P., Chen, A., McDonagh, D., Hsiao-Wecksler, E.T. “Design and Evaluation of the PosturSense Cushion”, Design of Medical Devices Conference, Minneapolis, MN, April 10-12, 2018, accepted
  • Xiao, C., Jahanian, O., Slavens, B., Hsiao-Wecksler, E.T. "Biomechanical Evaluation of a Pneumatic Sleeve Orthosis for Lofstrand Crutch-Assisted Gait", 41st American Society of Biomechanics Annual Meeting, Boulder, CO, August 8-11, 2017.
  • Gaglio, A., S. Daigle, E. Gacek, O. Jahanian, B. Slavens, I. Rice, and E.T. Hsiao-Wecksler, “Validation of an Instrumented Wheelchair Hand Rim,” Design of Medical Devices Conference, Minneapolis, MN, April 11-13, 2017.
  • Song, S.Y., Y. Pei, J. Liang, and E.T.Hsiao-Wecksler, “Design of a Portable Position, Velocity, and Resistance Meter (PVRM) for Convenient Clinical Evaluation of Spasticity or Rigidity,” Design of Medical Devices Conference, Minneapolis, MN, April 11-13, 2017.
  • Singh, G., C. Xiao, E.T. Hsiao-Wecksler, and G. Krishnan, “Design and Analysis of Soft Pneumatic Sleeve for Arm Orthosis,” ASME 2016 International Design Engineering Technical Conferences and Computers and Information in Engineering Conference, IDETC /CIEC 2016, Charlotte, North Carolina, August 21-24, 2016.
  • Wang, Z. and E.T. Hsiao-Wecksler, “Design of a Compact High Torque Actuation System for Portable Powered Ankle-Foot Orthosis,” Design of Medical Devices Conference, Minneapolis, MN, April 11-14, 2016.
  • Islam, M. and E.T. Hsiao-Wecksler, “Developing a Classification Algorithm for Plantarflexor Actuation Timing of a Powered Ankle-Foot Orthosis,” Design of Medical Devices Conference, Minneapolis, MN, April 11-14, 2016.
  • Islam, M., M.T. Hagan, and E.T. Hsiao-Wecksler, “Gait State Estimation for Powered Ankle Orthosis using Modified Fractional Timing and Artificial Neural Network,” Design of Medical Devices Conference, Minneapolis, MN, April 11-14, 2016.

Selected Articles in Journals

Bioengineering

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