Max Ortiz Catalan's research is focused on the natural control of artificial limbs via osseointegrated implants. This involves bio-electric signals acquisition and processing, neural interfaces, pattern recognition and artificial intelligence, neurostimulation, and control algorithms. He is also interested in the use of virtual and augmented reality for neuromuscular rehabilitation and treatment of phantom limb pain (PLP) using motor prediction via myoelectric pattern recognition.
Dr. Ortiz Catalan is leading the development and clinical implementation of the Osseointegrated Human-Machine Gateway. This technology made possible, for the first time, that patients are fitted with prostheses directly connected to bone, nerves and muscles. He has also developed a novel treatment for phantom limb pain, which is currently under clinical investigation. These projects have in common the use of bioelectric pattern recognition (BioPatRec) for the prediction 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).
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Published: Mon 03 Sep 2012 Modified: Fri 03 Jul 2015