IRIM Robotics Seminar—James L. Patton of the University of Illinois at Chicago

The Institute for Robotics and Intelligent Machines presents “Deception, ExoNets, SmushWare, and Organic Data: New Frontiers In Neuro-Rehabilitation” by James L. Patton of the University of Illinois at Chicago. The event will be held in the Marcus Nanotechnology Building, Rooms 1116-1118, from 12:15-1:15 p.m. and is open to the public.


Making use of visual display technology and human-robotic interfaces, many researchers have illustrated various opportunities to distort visual and physical realities. We have had success with interventions such as error augmentation, sensory crossover, and negative viscosity.  Judicial application of these techniques leads to training situations that enhance the learning process and can restore movement ability after neural injury. I will trace out clinical studies that have employed such technologies to improve the health and function, as well as share some leading-edge insights that include deceiving the patient, moving the “smarts” of software into the hardware, and examining clinical effectiveness.


James L. Patton is a professor in the Richard and Loan Hill Department of Bioengineering at the University of Illinois at Chicago and a senior research scientist at the Shirley Ryan AbilityLab. Previously, he worked in automotive manufacturing and in nuclear medicine before discovering the control of human movement. His general interests involve robotic teaching, dynamic balance control, haptics, modeling of the human-machine interface, and robot-facilitated recovery from a brain injury.

He received B.S. degrees in mechanical engineering and engineering science from the University of Michigan in 1989, an M.S. degree in theoretical mechanics from Michigan State in 1993, and a Ph.D. degree in biomedical engineering from Northwestern University in 1998.

Patton is vice president of conferences in the IEEE-EMB Society and associate editor of the IEEE Transactions on Biomedical Engineering and IEEE Transactions on Medical Robotics and Bionics. He’s also chair of the 2019 ICORR conference.

Event Details


  • Wednesday, April 24, 2019
    12:15 pm - 1:15 pm
Location: Marcus Nanotechnology Building, Rooms 1116-1118

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