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Elizabeth T. Hsiao-Wecksler

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

  • Adjunct Professor, Zhejiang University – University of Illinois College of Engineering Joint Institute, Haining, China, 09/18-01/19
  • 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-August 15, 2019
  • 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
  • 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
  • Faculty Affiliate, Department of Industrial and Enterprise Systems Engineering, UIUC, August 16, 2005-date
  • Faculty Affiliate, Bioengineering Department, 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

  • Jahanian, O., Gaglio, A., Schnorenberg, A. J., Muqeet, V., Hsiao-Wecksler, E. T., and Slavens, B. A. "Evaluation of Hand-rim and Wrist Joint Kinetics During Geared Manual Wheelchair Propulsion in Veterans with Spinal Cord Injury", Presented at 56th annual Rocky Mountain Bioengineering Symposium, Milwaukee, WI, April 12-14, 2019. Biomedical Sciences Instrumentation, 55(2): 324-329, 2019.
  • Song, S.Y, Zallek, C.M., Hsiao-Wecksler, E.T. “Quantification of Spasticity in Upper-Arm Muscles Using the PVRM (Position, Velocity, and Resistance Meter)”, Design of Medical Devices Conference, Minneapolis, MN, April 16-18, 2019.
  • Jahanian, O., Gaglio, A., Muqeet, V., Schorenberg, A., Hsiao-Wecksler, E.T., Slavens, B.A., "Hand-rim Biomechanics of Geared Manual Wheelchair Mobility" Rehabilitation Engineering and Assistive Technology Society of North America (RESNA) 2018 Annual Conference, Arlington, VA, July 13 - 15, 2018. Student Scientific Paper Winner
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Xiao, C., O. Jahanian, A. Schnorenberg, B.Slavens, and E.T.Hsiao-Wecksler, “Design and Biomechanical Evaluation of Pneumatic Ergonomic Crutch,” Design of Medical Devices Conference, Minneapolis, MN, April 11-13, 2017.
  • 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.

Selected Articles in Journals

Bioengineering

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