Max Jair Ortiz Catalan

PhD, Electrical Engineering

Dr. Max Ortiz Catalán is an Associate Professor at the Biomedical Signals and Systems research unit, and founder of the Biomechatronics and Neurorehabilitation Laboratory (@ChalmersBNL). He works in close collaboration with the Centre for Advanced Reconstruction of Extremities (C.A.R.E.) at Sahlgrenska University Hospital, and Integrum AB, both in Gothenburg, Sweden.

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, which is currently under an international clinical investigation. 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). He founded and leads the Biomechatronics and Neurorehabilitation Laboratory​, and he is an Associate Editor for the Journal of NeuroEngineering and Rehabilitation (JNER). 

Dr. Ortiz Catalan was recipient of the "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.


 

 
 
Talk at TEDx Göteborg about osseointegrated prosthesis with neural control. November 2014.

 

Publications: ResearchGate 
Reviewer record: Publons
Twitter: @MaxOrtizCatalan
Facebook: @ChalmersBNL

Invited speaker - Keynotes
​10/2019     International Society of Prosthetics and Orthotics – World Congress, Kobe, Japan.
05/2018    European Congress of Rehabilitation Medicine, Vilnius, Lithuania.
10/2017    Congress of the French Society of Physical and Rehabilitation Medicine, Nancy, France.
05/2017    Osseo 2017, Nijmegen, Netherlands.
04/2017    Annual Conference of the Swedish Technical Audiology Society, Gothenburg, Sweden.
03/2017    Int. Conf. Advances in Orthopaedic Osseointegration, San Diego, USA.
11/2016    Orto Medical Care, Madrid, Spain.
06/2016    User Body Experience and HMI Assistive Robotics, Darmstadt, Germany
05/2016    OT World, Leipzig, Germany.
​06/2015    Conference of the International Graphonomics Society, Guadeloupe, France.

Invited speaker - Conferences
10/2018    iMed Conference, Lisbon, Portugal.
06/2018    Young Scientist Association 14th Symposium, Medical University of Vienna, Vienna, Austria.
06/2018    IV Jornadas de Ortoprotesia, Escola Superior de Tecnologia da Saúde de Lisboa, Portugal.
04/2018    Elektronikindustriföreningen i Göteborg (EIG), Gothenburg, Sweden.
01/2018    ISPO UK Osseointegration Workshop, London, England.
11/2017    ARMADA Talsk 2017, Stockholm, Sweden.
10/2017    Svenskt Smärtforum (Swedish Pain Forum), Gothenburg, Sweden.
07/2017    Rehabilitation Medicine Society of Australia and New Zealand, Canberra, Australia.
03/2017    Handdagar (Swedish Society for Hand Rehabilitation), Malmö, Sweden.
02/2017    Nordiskt Tvärfackligt Forum för Dysmeli och Armamputation, Stockholm, Sweden.
05/2016    Restoration of Sensory and Motor Function Symposium, Göttingen, Germany
02/2016    TEDx Mexico City, Mexico City, Mexico.
01/2016    Kshitij, IIT Kharagpur, India.
12/2015    Go:LIFE, Gothenburg, Sweden.
10/2015    Epicenter Stockholm, Stockholm, Sweden.
10/2015    The Royal Swedish Academy of Engineering Sciences, Stockholm, Sweden.
03/2015    Int. Conf. Advances in Orthopaedic Osseointegration (6th), Las Vegas, USA 
11/2014    TEDx Göteborg, Gothenburg, Sweden.
10/2014    Trans. Eng. in Neurorehabilitation (DEMOVE Symposium), Göttingen, Germany
09/2015     Life Science – National Day, Sep 30, 2014, Stockholm, Sweden.
08/2014     Annual IEEE EMBC 2014, Chicago, USA.
06/2014     Neural Interface Conference, Dallas, USA.
05/2014     MedTech West Conference, Gothenburg, Sweden.
04/2014     Myo-Seminar by Ottobock, Gothenburg, Sweden.
02/2014     DARPA Sensorimotor Prosthetic Workshop, Phoenix, USA.
06/2013     International TMR Symposium, Vienna, Austria.
09/2010     Young Scientists Forum 2010 “From Laboratory to Clinics”, Gothenburg, Sweden.
09/2010     Int. Conf. Advances in Orthopaedic Osseointegration (3rd), Gothenburg, Sweden.

Invited Lectures
03/2018   Guest lecture, Rigshospitalet – University of Copenhagen, Copenhagen, Denmark.
02/2018   Guest lecture, Ruhr University Bochum, Bochum, Germany.
02/2018   Guest lecture, Ibaraki Prefectural University of Health Sciences, Ibaraki, Japan.
01/2018    Guest lecture, Kepler University Hospital, Linz, Austria.
09/2017    Guest lecture, University of Monash, Melbourne, Australia.
09/2017    Guest lecture, The Alfred Hospital, Melbourne, Australia.
04/2017    Guest lecture, Hospital del Trabajador, Santiago, Chile.
03/2017    Guest lecture, University of Alberta, Edmonton, Canada.
03/2017    Biomed series, University of New Brunswick, Fredericton, Canada.
11/2016    Guest lecture, Lund University, Lund, Sweden.
11/2016    Guest lecture, Univ. of Applied Sciences for Health Professions Upper Austria, Wels, Austria.
09/2016    MedTech West Seminar, Sahlgrenska University Hospital, Gothenburg, Sweden.
07/2016    Guest lecture, University of Tokyo, Tokyo, Japan.
05/2016    Guest lecture, University Medical Center Göttingen, Göttingen, Germany.
12/2015    Guest lecture, University Medical Center Groningen, Groningen, Netherlands.
12/2015    Guest lecture, Royal Institute of Technology, Stockholm, Sweden.
11/2015    Guest lecture, University Hospital Ghent, Ghent, Belgium.
11/2015    Guest lecture, Örebro University Hospital, Örebro, Sweden.
06/2015    Guest lecture, Shanghai Jiao Tong University, Shanghai, China.
04/2015    Guest lecture, Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburg, USA.
03/2015    Guest lecture, University of Southern California, Los Angeles, USA.
11/2014    Guest lecture, University Rehabilitation Institute, Ljubljana, Slovenia.
04/2014    Colloquium, Central Institute of Mental Health, Mannheim, Germany.
03/2014    Café-å-lär, Applied Physics Dept., Chalmers University of Technology (CTH), Sweden.
07/2013    Workshop on Advances in Hybrid Organs (2nd), Osaka University, Osaka, Japan.
05/2013    Medical Physics (MSc course), Applied Physics Department, CTH, Sweden.
04/2013    MedTech West Seminar, CTH, Gothenburg University (GU), U. Borås, and VGR, Sweden.
04/2013    Lunch Bunch (PhD seminar), Applied Physics Dept., CTH, Sweden.
03/2013    Guest lecture, LIRMM, U. Montpellier and Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique, France.
03/2013    Biomaterials and Regenerative Medicine (PhD course), Biomaterials Dept., GU, Sweden.
10/2012    Graduate School (PhD seminar), Applied Mechanics Dept., CTH, Sweden.
12/2015    Medicine for Engineers (MSc course), Signals and Systems Dept., CTH, Sweden.
’12 –’16      Biomedical Instrumentation (MSc course), Signals and Systems Dept., CTH, Sweden.
’11 –‘13      Biomedicine for Business Creation and Entrepreneurs (MSc course), Gothenburg
                   International Bioscience Business School, GU, Sweden.
02/2011    Biomedical Electromagnetics (PhD seminar), Signals and Systems Dept., CTH, Sweden.


Published: Mon 03 Sep 2012. Modified: Tue 22 May 2018