PhD, 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 Osseointegrated Human-Machine Gateway. This technology made possible, for the first time, the direct connection of a robotic prosthesis to the patients' bone, nerves, and muscles. He has also developed a novel treatment for phantom limb pain, and theoretical framework describing the condition and potential origins. 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 task available in an open source platform for research and development (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), IEEE Transactions on Medical Robotics and Bionics (T-MRB), and Frontiers in Neuroscience (RT).
Dr. Ortiz Catalan was recipient of 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: Mon 11 Nov 2019.
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