Associate Professor, Electrical Engineering
Dr. Ortiz Catalan's research focuses on bionics and pain due to sensorimotor impairment. This involves neural engineering, osseointegrated implants, neuromuscular interfaces, neurostimulation, bio-electric signals acquisition and processing, and machine learning for the decoding of motor volition. He is also interested in neuromuscular rehabilitation and the study and treatment of neuropathic pain due to sensorimotor impairment.
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 novel treatments for phantom limb pain, and a theoretical framework describing the condition and its potential origin. These projects have in common the use of bioelectric pattern recognition (BioPatRec) for the decoding of motor volition. 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 is the founder and Director of the Center for Bionics and Pain Research, and previously the Biomechatronics and Neurorehabilitation Laboratory (2016-2020). 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: Wed 23 Dec 2020.
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