Elliott J. Rouse, PhD
Dr. Rouse is an Assistant Professor in the Mechanical Engineering Department at the University of Michigan, where he directs the Neurobionics Lab. The vision of his group is to discover the fundamental science that underlies human joint dynamics during locomotion and incorporate these discoveries in a new class of wearable robotic technologies. The Lab uses technical tools from mechanical and biomedical engineering applied to the complex challenges of human augmentation, physical medicine, rehabilitation and neuroscience. Dr. Rouse and his research have been featured at TED, on the Discovery Channel, CNN, National Public Radio, Wired Magazine UK, Business Insider, and Odyssey Magazine.
Dr. Rouse is a member of the IEEE Robotics and Automation Society and the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society, as well as the American Society of Mechanical Engineers. He is a member of the IEEE EMBS Technical Committee on Biorobotics, and is on the Editorial Board of RESNA’s Assistive Technology journal. He is dedicated to effective student mentoring and training, as well as translating his research to the public through entrepreneurship; he holds patents for the design and control of wearable robotic systems.
Dr. Rouse received the BS degree in mechanical engineering from The Ohio State University in 2007, and the MS and PhD degrees in biomedical engineering from Northwestern University in 2009 and 2012, respectively. Subsequently, he joined the Massachusetts Institute of Technology as a Postdoctoral Fellow, working with the Biomechatronics Group in the MIT Media Lab. Prior to joining the University of Michigan, Dr. Rouse was faculty in the School’s of Medicine and Engineering at Northwestern University, and a Research Scientist at the Shirley Ryan AbilityLab (formerly the RIC). More information can be found on his personal website.
University of Michigan
University of Michigan
Alex Wind, BS (Biomedical Engineering)
Alex received a BS in Physics from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign where he also studied Computer Science. As an undergraduate, he worked for NorthShore University Health System in both the SIM Lab, where he developed a vasectomy simulation module, and the Neurogynecobiology Laboratory where he contributed to the development of a device to measure blood-oxygen levels of muscle and deep tissue in real time. At The University of Chicago, he helped develop algorithms to predict long-term incidences of type-II diabetes complications. He is also interested in Sociology, specifically Social Stratification, and performed research investigating the causes and effects of unequal access to justice in the United States. Alex loves to play pinball, watch Star Trek, and is currently pursuing his MS in Biomedical Engineering at Northwestern University where his primary research interest is studying the role of joint impedance and control in lower limb biomechanics.