Yuanei

Project Title:

Comparison study of SSVEP and SSMVEP (BCI)

Research Interest:

I am a Mechatronics Engineering undergrad at University of Waterloo. I am interested in many different directions in BCI researches (because I’m still trying to see which ones I want to research most in my further study), and currently I am reading books about affective computing and machine learning (collaborative BCI and DBS on my list!). I love to use mathematics and programming to solve challenges!

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Location: 
Engineering 7, Room 6457
    Hi! 
    I am a Master student in Biomechanics and Bioengineering program at the University of Compiegne in Francean and surrently I am a researcher in the eBionics Lab in Department of Systems Design Engineering at the University of Waterloo. My research project is the evaluation of aging effects on muscle efficiency during isometric contractions of upper and down limbs using HD-SEMG techniques
    I like biomedical research and I would like to further my studies by pursuing a PhD.
    Here are some of my research interests:
     
    • Signal processing

    • Machine learning

    • Biomedical

    • Prosthesis 

    Kawtar Ghiatt
    Jiayuan He
    Location: 
    Engineering 7, Room 6466

    Education

    • Bachelor of Mechanical Engineering, Nanjing University of Astronautics and Aeronautics, Nanjing, China, 2010
    • Master of Mechanical Engineering, Shanghai Jiao Tong University, Shanghai, China, 2012
    • Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering, Shanghai Jiao Tong University, Shanghai, China, 2016

    Research Interests

    As the head of Myocontrol at the Waterloo Engineering Bionics Lab, his research interests include EMG and ECG signal processing, and adaptive prosthesis control strategies. He is currently serving as a postdoctoral fellow at the University of Waterloo.

    Nargess Heydari
    Location: 
    Engineering 7, Room 6356

    Education:

    • B.Sc.: Electrical Engineering, Communication
      Isfahan University of Technology
    • M.Sc.: Biomedical Engineering
      Iran University of Science and Technology

    Research Interests:

    • Mobile ECG
    • Brain-Computer Interface
    • Designing Biomedical Devices
    • Rehabilitation
    • Neural Engineering
    • Intra cortical Recording and Stimulation
    Ning Jiang
    (519)888-4567 ext. 43677
    Location: 
    Engineering 7, Room 6446

    Education

    • B.E. Xi’an Jiaotong University, Xi’an, China, 1998
    • M.Sc. University of New Brunswick, Fredericton, NB, Canada, 2004
    • Ph.D. University of New Brunswick, Fredericton, NB, Canada, 2009

    Research Interests

    My main research interests is biological signal processing, such as Electroencephalogram (EEG) and Elecromyography (EMG). The purpose of processing these signals is to extract the movement intentions of human, and use these intentions to interact with external environment, such as computers, robotic devices, or even other humans. Currently, the emphasis of my research is on using the above signal analysis and processing tools for applications in neurorehabilitation engineering, through intelligent human-machine interfaces (HMI), including brain-computer interface (BCI), and muscle-man-interface (MMI). Specific applications that I am working on include upper limb prosthetic control (for amputees) and rehabilitation of motor functions for patients suffered stroke. I am also interested in the broader application areas as more general human machine interfaces in fields such as neural plasticity (cortical and peripheral), ergonomics, intelligent manufacturing systems and other related topics.

    Advanced prosthetic control with Electromyography (EMG)

    In recent years, there have been several media coverages on advanced multi-function upper limb prostheses, often hyped as ‘the thought-control artificial hands’ or ‘mind-control robotic hands’. Advanced mechatronics design, signal processing of the electromyogram (EMG) signal and innovative surgical procedures, such as the targeted muscle and sensory reinnervation (TMR and TSR), have been the driving forces behind these achievements. Nonetheless, despite the (somewhat misled) public enthusiasm of these latest artificial devices, there still exist significant challenges and obstacles these celebrated technical achievements in the media can bring real benefit to the general amputee population. There are several sophisticated multi-function prosthetic hand in the market, but almost all them can be controlled with decades-old EMG algorithm. Currently in the research community, there has been a new direction of research on dexterous myoelectric control mimicking the neuromuscular system by extracting nature control information from surface EMG with advanced algorithm, and I am one of world leading experts in this exciting direction. The aim of my research in this direction is to develop algorithms and control strategies that would offer amputees a nature and intuitive control of these sophisticated prostheses that will provide them with unparalleled autonomy and quality of life.

    Real time Close-loop Brain Computer Interface for stroke rehabilitation

    For the past several decades, Brain Computer Interfaces (BCIs) system has been developed for applications such as communications (e.g. virtual keyboard or wheelchair control) for highly disabled individuals, to replace their lost motor functions. However, despite of high expectations from the public, the practical social and economic impact of BCI has been extremely limited, at any at all. This is meanly due to the fact that the current systems can be beneficial only for an extremely small portion of population, e.g. locked-in patients. In my research on BCI, I took a different approach. My vision is to use BCI as a tool for rehabilitation of impaired motor function(s), not merely as replacement of lost motor function(s). To rehabilitate or restore impaired motor functions implies inducing neuroplasticity, or rewiring the nervous system, which is a very challenging tasks, and very few studies has demonstrated such a capability from a BCI system. The BCI system we proposed, however, has done just that. Our system explicitly exploited the Hebbian principle of associativity, which one of the underlying principles of neural plasticity. This new BCI system has the potential to be the technical basis of a patient-centric and patient-driven neurorehabilitation paradigm for stroke patients. Such a paradigm will be more cost-efficient and have better patient compliances than the current therapist-centric approach in clinical practice. We have developed series of algorithms for electroencephalogram (EEG) that can detect the intention of movement with latency of less than 500 ms. We also demonstrated that such a low-latency is the key factor in efficiently inducing cortical plasticity peripheral electrical stimulation (ES) is trigged by the BCI. With our system, only 30 BCI-driven ES, significant neurophysiological change, thus neural plasticity, was observed in healthy subjects, as well as a cohort of chronic stroke patients with motor deficiencies. Our work on this topic has won three consecutive BCI Award Global Top 10 nominations (2012, 2013, and 2014), the only group in the world to achieve this.

    Fatemeh Karimi
    Location: 
    Engineering 7, Room 6466

    Education

    • Bachelor of Electrical Engineering, Shahid Bahonar University of Kerman, Kerman, Iran, 2009
    • Master of Electrical Engineering, Shahid Bahonar University of Kerman, Kerman, Iran, 2013

    Research Interests

    I am currently a Ph.D. student in the Systems Design Engineering Department at the University of Waterloo, supervised by Ning Jiang and  Jonathan Kofman. My research interests are in the areas of biomedical signal processing, brain-computer interfaces (BCI), and neurorehabilitation systems.

    Benjamin Lambert

    Present Position: Exchange Graduate Student at Shanghai Jiao tong University

    Erik Lloyd
    Location: 
    Engineering 7, Room 6457

    Education

    • Bachelor of Technology, McMaster University, Hamilton, Canada, 2017

    Research Interests

    I am working to improve the dexterity of upper limb prosthetics through applications of deep learning. The focus is on improving hand dexterity, by allowing the user to naturally control individual fingers in a prosthesis, in stead of selecting grip patterns.

     I am also running Brink Bionics Inc, a start-up that was born from work to develop better upper limb prosthetic technology in the Engineering Bionics Lab. Our technology is designed to be both more affordable, and more capable than the best available prosthetic arms.

    jiansheng Niu
    Location: 
    Engineering 7, Room 6457

    Education:

    Bachelor of Electrical and Electronic Engineering, University of Nottingham, UK, 2018

    Research Interests:

    I am an intern in the Department of Systems Design Engineering at University of Waterloo. My research focuses on using Riemannian geometry to analyze EEG signal, especially in motor imagery and SSVEP fields. I am also interested in machine learning algorithms design and programming.

    Best regards,

    Jiansheng Niu

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    Location: 
    Engineering 7, Room 6457

    Education: 

    Bachelor of Engineering in Electronics and Communication, PESIT Bangalore South Campus, VTU, India, 2016

    Research Interests:

    I am a Masters student in the Department of Systems Design Engineering at the University of Waterloo. My research areas are in pattern recognition, machine learning, biomedical signal processing, and brain computer interfaces. I am currently working on Steady State Visual Evoked Potentials (SSVEP) BCI. My research is directed towards detection algorithms, channel selection methods, and stimulus designs for developing SSVEP BCIs. My hobbies include playing keyboard, music composing, and cooking.

    Andrew Smiles
    Location: 
    Engineering 7, Room 6457

    Education:

    BASc, Systems Design Engineering, University of Waterloo, 2018

    Research Interests:

    I am a pursing a Master’s degree in the department of Systems Design Engineering, as well as researching the therapeutic effects of EMG-controlled prosthesis for phantom limb pain. I have been interested in EMG control since my first year of undergrad, and have completed many projects in the field, including a custom signal conditioner, and a powered exoskeleton controlled passively through muscle activity. I am driven by a desire to improve the capacity and efficacy of humans through my knowledge of engineering principles and the human body.

    Paul Wolfe
    Location: 
    Engineering 7, Room 6457

    Education:

    B.Sc. University of Waterloo, Waterloo, ON, Canada, 2016

    M.Sc. University of Waterloo, Waterloo, ON, Canada, 2018

     
    Research Interests:
     
    I am currently a PhD student in the department of Systems Design Engineering supervised by Dr. Ning Jiang. My research interests aim to investigate human neuroplasticity and how we can use machine learning and brain-computer interfaces (BCI) to encourage this process within the brain.  
    Aleksandar Malinovic
    Location: 
    East Campus 4 2nd Floor

    Education

    • Bachelor of Electrical Engineering, University of Belgrade, Belgrade, Serbia, 2005
    • Master of Electrical Engineering, University of Belgrade, Belgrade, Serbia, 2006

    Research Interests

    My name is Aleksandar, and I am a computer engineer. My professional summary could be described as a seasoned information technologies professional with 10 years of international experience building business applications in financial and pharmaceutical industries, as well as for the public sector. I have achieved significant accomplishments in developing software packages utilizing the FIX protocol, and mastered a wide array of regulations applied to registration of medications through collaboration with over 20 countries. I am also interested in helping customers achieve their business and functional objectives by utilizing the latest technologies and methodologies in application integration segment. Currently, I am currently a Masters student in the System Design Engineering at University of Waterloo, supervised by Ning Jiang and Helen Chen. My research interests are in compressing biomedical signals, and secure encoding medical data.

    Sarah Pearce
    Location: 
    East Campus 4 2nd Floor

    Education

    • Bachelor of Knowledge Integration, University of Waterloo, Waterloo, Canada, 2016 

    Research Interests

    I am a Masters student in Systems Design Engineering at the University of Waterloo. My specializations are in collaborative design and computer science, but I also have interests in wearable technology, user experience design (UX), and software engineering. My research in brain-computer interfaces (BCI) integrates human factors engineering with signal processing. My current work is investigating using BCI as an alternative/supplementary treatment to those afflicted with ASD.

    Project Title: Ultra-sound device for prosthetic control

    Present Position: Undergraduate student at the University of Waterloo

    Mei Lin Chen
    Location: 
    East Campus 4 2nd Floor

    Education

    • Bachelor of Honours Health Sciences, McMaster University, Hamilton, Canada, 2016

    Research Interests

    I am a masters student in Systems Design Engineering at the University of Waterloo. My research areas are brain-computer interfaces, neurorehabilitation, and neuropathic pain management. I am passionate about solving challenging issues in clinical medicine through innovations in health technology. In my free time, I am also a classical singer/performer for special events.

    Project Title: The feasibility of BCI systems in senior population

    Present Position: Graduate student in McGill University

    Project Title: Hardware and firmware development of a bi-manual sEMG gaming system

    Current Position: Undergraduate student at the University of Waterloo

    Jan Lau

    Education

    • Candidate for Bachelor of Biomedical Engineering, University of Waterloo, Waterloo, Canada

    Research Interests:

    I am a Biomedical Engineering student at the University of Waterloo who is interested in prosthetics. I am designing a protottype for an exoskeleton that helps Parkinson's patients recover from freeze-of-gait (FOG) episodes. Outside the classroom, I live an active and musical life and have a never-ending search for knowledge.

    Project Title: Low and medium fidelity prototyping of a bilateral lower-limb exoskeleton for Parkinson patients with Freeze of Gait.

    Current Position: Undergraduate student at the University of Waterloo

    Project Title: Mobile ECG acquisition

    Present Position: Undergraduate student at the University of Waterloo

    Project Title: Signal processing for a portable Brain-Computer interfacing

    Present Position: Undergraduate student at the University of Waterloo

    Project Title: Programming framework for real-time Brain-Computer interface

    Present Position: Graduate student at Stanford

    Jacob Manuel
    Location: 
    Engineering 7, Room 6457
    • Education:

    Bachelor of Science in Software Engineering , University of New Brunswick, Fredericton, NB, Canada, 2018

    • Research Interests:

    “I am a Masters student in Systems Design Engineering at the University of Waterloo. My research interests are in the areas of signal processing, neurorehabilitation, software engineering, and human factors. The goal of my research is to establish techniques for developing brain-computer interfaces for use post-stroke rehabilitation. ”

    Project Title: Surface EMG and torque relationship

    Current Position: Undergraduate student at the University of Waterloo

    Bahareh Tolooshams

    Research Interests:

    Bahareh Tolooshams’s research interests lie at the intersection of signal processing, deep learning, and optimization. In her research, Bahareh develops mathematical tools to exploit structures underlying data. She also has interests in sparse modeling and its connection to deep learning.


    Bahareh received B.ASc. degree with distinction in Electrical Engineering from the University of Waterloo in 2017. She was an Undergraduate Research Assistant in the Bionics lab from Jan. 2016 to Apr. 2017. Bahareh is currently a Ph.D. student in Electrical Engineering at Harvard University. 

    Present Position: Ph.D. Student in Electrical Engineering at Harvard University

    Lin Yao



    Present Position: Post doctoral researcher at the Cornell University

    Lin Yao received the Bachelor’s degree in mechanical design, manufacturing and automation from Sichuan University, Sichuan, China, in 2009, the Master’s and Ph.D. degrees in mechanical engineering from Shanghai Jiao Tong University, Shanghai, China, in 2015.

    Dr. Yao was a Research Scientist with the Institute of Neurorehabilitation Systems, University Medical Center Göttingen, Georg-August University, Göttingen, Germany, within the Bernstein Center for Computational Neuroscience from Apr. 2015 to Aug. 2016. There, he was the Head of the Brain-computer Interface Laboratory. From Sep. 2016 to Feb. 2018, he was a Postdoctoral Researcher at the Department of Systems Design Engineering, University of Waterloo, Waterloo, Canada. He is currently a Postdoctoral Associate at School of Electrical and Computer Engineering, Cornell University, Ithaca, NY, USA. His research interests include biomedical signal processing, BCI for neurorehabilitation, computational neuroscience, and machine learning.

    Xin Zhang
    Location: 
    Engineering 7, Room 6457

    Education

    • Bachelor of Mechanical Engineering, Xi’an Jiao tong University, Xi’an, China, 2012
    • Master of Mechanical Engineering, Xi’an Jiao tong University, Xi’an, China,2015
    • Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering, Xi’an Jiao tong University, Xi’an, China

    Research Interests

    I’m Xin Zhang, an International visiting graduate student at University of Waterloo. I came from Xi’an, China. My research is mainly focused on SSVEP and rehabilitation. I explore the brain response to the modulation in SSVEP paradigms and design some motion paradigms to explore the influence on the motor area in brain. We also built an close-loop brain controlled rehabilitation training system for post stroke patients.