Associate Professor, Electrical Engineering
Dr. Ortiz Catalan's research focus on neural control of artificial limbs via osseointegrated implants. This involves bio-electric signals acquisition and processing, neural interfaces, machine learning, osseointegration, and neurostimulation. He is also interested in the use of virtual and augmented reality for neuromuscular rehabilitation and treatment of phantom limb pain (PLP) using myoelectric pattern recognition to decode motor volition.
Dr. Ortiz Catalan is leading the development and clinical implementation of the novel concept of Neuromusculoskeletal Prostheses. This technology made possible, for the first time, the direct connection of a robotic prosthesis to the patients' nerves, muscles, and skeleton. He has also developed a novel treatment for phantom limb pain, and a theoretical framework describing the condition and potential origin. These projects have in common the use of bioelectric pattern recognition (BioPatRec) for the decoding of motor intention. Dr. Ortiz Catalan has made the algorithms necessary for such tasks available in an open-source platform for research and development called BioPatRec.
Dr. Ortiz Catalan founded and leads the Biomechatronics and Neurorehabilitation Laboratory, and he is an Associate Editor for the Journal of NeuroEngineering and Rehabilitation (JNER), for the IEEE Transactions on Medical Robotics and Bionics (T-MRB), and for Frontiers in Neuroscience (RT).
Dr. Ortiz Catalan was the recipient of the "Chalmers Foundation Award" in 2020, the "Henry Wallman Prize" in 2019, the "Swedish Embedded Award" in 2018, the "Dr. Per Uddén Stipendiet" in 2018, "Brian & Joyce Blatchford Award" in 2017, the "Delsys Prize" in 2016, the "European Youth Award" in 2014, and the "You Can Make a Difference Award" in 2006.
Published: Sat 22 Aug 2020.
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