Jose Luis Contreras-Vidal
Hugh Roy and Lillie Cranz Cullen Distinguished Professor, University of Houston
Dr. Contreras-Vidal is Hugh Roy and Lillie Cranz Cullen Distinguished Professor of Electrical & Computer Engineering, and Director of the NSF Industry-University Collaborative Research Center for Building Reliable Advances and Innovations in Neurotechnology (IUCRC BRAIN) and Director of the Laboratory for Noninvasive Brain-Machine Interface Systems at the University of Houston. Dr. Contreras-Vidal is also Full Affiliate Member of The Houston Methodist Hospital Research Institute; Director of Human-Machine Interface Systems at The Institute for Rehabilitation and Research (TIRR) Memorial Hermann, Houston, Texas and Distinguished Visiting Professor at the Tecnologico de Monterrey, Monterrey, Mexico.
His laboratory has pioneered the development of noninvasive brain-machine interface systems (BMI) to control assistive and therapeutic robotic systems based on brain signals acquired noninvasively to detect the user’s intent and emotions. These neuroprostheses are used to guide robotic exoskeletons and prosthetic limbs to restore motor function in individuals with spinal cord injury, stroke and limb amputation across the life span. His group has also pioneered the deployment of MoBI technology to asses neural activity in action and in context to study the neural basis of aesthetics and creativity. He was the chairman of the 2016 International MoBI Conference and the Neuroscience of Art, Innovation and Creativity held in Cancun, Mexico.
Dr. Contreras-Vidal research has been funded by NSF, NIH, VA, DARPA, ONR, Industry and Foundations.
Dr. Contreras-Vidal has published his work (>120 publications) in neuroscience and specialized engineering journals and his research has reached specialized audiences and the general public through news and views reports published and/or highlighted by The Economist, Science News, Der Spiegel, National Science Foundation, Wall Street Journal, the Society for Neuroscience, O&P, Science, Nature, Scientific American, NPR’s Science Friday, and Neurology Today among others. His career development in biomedical engineering has been highlighted in the magazine Science.
He is an IEEE Senior Member and has served as regular member of the Motor Function, Speech, and Rehabilitation (MFSR) Study Section and currently serves as a chartered member of the Bioengineering of Neuroscience, Vision, and Low Vision Technologies (BNVT) Study Section at the National Institutes of Health, has served as grant reviewer for the BRAIN Initiative, and currently serves in the editorial board of Frontiers in Neuroprosthetics, Journal of Mobile Human Computer Interaction, IEEE Transactions on Human Machine Systems, and Applied Bionics and Biomechanics.