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Jose L. Contreras Vidal, PhD

Full Affiliate Member, Research Institute
Houston Methodist


Contreras Vidal Lab - Brain-Machine Interface Lab


Biography

B.S., Monterrey Institute of Technology, Monterrey, Nuevo Leon, México (Electronic & Communications Engineering)
MSEE, University of Boulder, Boulder, CO (Electrical Engineering)
Ph.D., Boston University, Boston, MA (Cognitive & Neural Systems)

Fellow, Computational Motor Neuroscience, Department of Exercise Science and Physical Education Motor Control Laboratory,Arizona State University, Tempe, AZ
Fellow, Computational Neuroscience, Institute of Physiology, University of Fribourg, Fribourg, Switzerland

Description of Research

Neural interfaces, brain-machine interfaces, computational neuroscience, rehabilitation robotics

Description of Research
Dr. Contreras-Vidal’s research program was the first to demonstrate continuous decoding of human 3D hand kinematics from scalp electroencephalography (EEG). His research focuses on four areas:
-Reverse engineering the brain
-Innovating rehabilitation robotics
-Utilizing neural interfaces as tools for reverse-translational studies of brain plasticity
-Development of noninvasive neuroprosthetics and wearable exoskeletons for restoration and rehabilitation of motor function.

Publications

Towards a whole body brain-machine interface system for decoding expressive movement intent: Challenges and Opportunities
Contreras-Vidal, JL, Cruz-Garcia, J & Kopteva, A 2017, . in 5th International Winter Conference on Brain-Computer Interface, BCI 2017., 7858142, Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Inc. pp. 1-4, 5th International Winter Conference on Brain-Computer Interface, BCI 2017, Gangwon Province, Korea, Republic of, 9-11 January. DOI:

Noninvasive EEG correlates of overground and stair walking
Brantley, JA, Luu, TP, Ozdemir, R, Zhu, F, Winslow, AT, Huang, H & Contreras-Vidal, JL 2016, . in 2016 38th Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society, EMBC 2016. vol. 2016-October, 7592028, IEEE, pp. 5729-5732, 38th Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society, EMBC 2016, Orlando, United States, 16-20 August. DOI:

Unscented Kalman filter for neural decoding of human treadmill walking from non-invasive electroencephalography
Luu, TP, He, Y, Nakagame, S, Gorges, J, Nathan, K & Contreras-Vidal, JL 2016, . in 2016 38th Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society, EMBC 2016. vol. 2016-October, 7591006, IEEE, pp. 1548-1551, 38th Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society, EMBC 2016, Orlando, United States, 16-20 August. DOI:

Corticomuscular coherence variation throughout the gait cycle during overground walking and ramp ascent: A preliminary investigation
Winslow, AT, Brantley, J, Zhu, F, Contreras Vidal, JL & Huang, H 2016, Conference proceedings : ... Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society. IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society. Annual Conference, vol 2016, pp. 4634-4637. DOI:

Cortical activity modulations underlying age-related performance differences during posture–cognition dual tasking
Ozdemir, RA, Contreras-Vidal, JL, Lee, BC & Paloski, WH 2016, Experimental Brain Research, pp. 1-14. DOI:

Powered exoskeletons for bipedal locomotion after spinal cord injury
Contreras-Vidal, JL, Bhagat, NA, Brantley, J, Cruz-Garza, JG, He, Y, Manley, Q, Nakagome, S, Nathan, K, Tan, SH, Zhu, F & Pons, JL 2016, Journal of Neural Engineering, vol 13, no. 3, 031001. DOI:

Gait adaptation to visual kinematic perturbations using a real-time closed-loop brain-computer interface to a virtual reality avatar
Luu, TP, He, Y, Brown, S, Nakagame, S & Contreras-Vidal, JL 2016, Journal of Neural Engineering, vol 13, no. 3, 036006. DOI:

Design and optimization of an EEG-based brain machine interface (BMI) to an upper-limb exoskeleton for stroke survivors
Bhagat, NA, Venkatakrishnan, A, Abibullaev, B, Artz, EJ, Yozbatiran, N, Blank, AA, French, J, Karmonik, C, Grossman, RG, OMalley, MK, Francisco, GE & Contreras-Vidal, JL 2016, Frontiers in Neuroscience, vol 10, no. MAR, 122. DOI:

A robust adaptive denoising framework for real-time artifact removal in scalp EEG measurements
Kilicarslan, A, Grossman, RG & Contreras-Vidal, JL 2016, Journal of Neural Engineering, vol 13, no. 2, 026013. DOI:

Negligible motion artifacts in scalp electroencephalography (EEG) during treadmill walking
Nathan, K & Contreras-Vidal, JL 2016, Frontiers in Human Neuroscience, vol 9, no. JAN2016, 708. DOI:

Robotic assistance of human motion using active-backdrivability on a geared electromagnetic motor
Claros, MJ, Soto, R, Gordillo, JL, Pons, JL & Contreras-Vidal, JL 2016, International Journal of Advanced Robotic Systems, vol 13, no. 2, 40. DOI:

Multisession, noninvasive closed-loop neuroprosthetic control of grasping by upper limb amputees
Agashe, HA, Paek, AY & Contreras-Vidal, JL 2016, . in Progress in Brain Research. vol. 228, Progress in Brain Research, vol. 228, Elsevier B.V. pp. 107-128. DOI:

Brain-computer interface devices for patients with paralysis and amputation: A meeting report
Bowsher, K, Civillico, EF, Coburn, J, Collinger, J, Contreras-Vidal, JL, Denison, T, Donoghue, J, French, J, Getzoff, N, Hochberg, LR, Hoffmann, M, Judy, J, Kleitman, N, Knaack, G, Krauthamer, V, Ludwig, K, Moynahan, M, Pancrazio, JJ, Peckham, PH, Pena, C, Pinto, V, Ryan, T, Saha, D, Scharen, H, Shermer, S, Skodacek, K, Takmakov, P, Tyler, D, Vasudevan, S, Wachrathit, K, Weber, D, Welle, CG & Ye, M 2016, Journal of Neural Engineering, vol 13, no. 2, 023001. DOI:

A closed-loop brain computer interface to a virtual reality avatar: Gait adaptation to visual kinematic perturbations
Luu, TP, He, Y, Brown, S, Nakagome, S & Contreras-Vidal, JL 2015, . in 2015 International Conference on Virtual Rehabilitation, ICVR 2015., 7358598, Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Inc. pp. 30-37, 11th Annual International Conference on Virtual Rehabilitation, ICVR 2015, Valencia, Spain, 9-12 June. DOI:

An exploration of grip force regulation with a low-impedance myoelectric prosthesis featuring referred haptic feedback
Brown, JD, Paek, A, Syed, M, OMalley, MK, Shewokis, PA, Contreras-Vidal, JL, Davis, AJ & Gillespie, RB 2015, Journal of NeuroEngineering and Rehabilitation, vol 12, no. 1, 104. DOI:

Your brain on art: Emergent cortical dynamics during aesthetic experiences
Kontson, KL, Megjhani, M, Brantley, JA, Cruz-Garza, JG, Nakagome, S, Robleto, D, White, M, Civillico, E & Contreras-Vidal, JL 2015, Frontiers in Human Neuroscience, vol 9, no. NOVEMBER, 626. DOI:

Predicting hand forces from scalp electroencephalography during isometric force production and object grasping
Paek, AY, Gailey, A, Parikh, P, Santello, M & Contreras-Vidal, J 2015, . in Proceedings of the Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society, EMBS. vol. 2015-November, 7320144, IEEE, pp. 7570-7573, 37th Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society, EMBC 2015, Milan, Italy, 25-29 August. DOI:

Classification of finger vibrotactile input using scalp EEG
He, Y & Contreras-Vidal, JL 2015, . in Proceedings of the Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society, EMBS. vol. 2015-November, 7319447, IEEE, pp. 4717-4720, 37th Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society, EMBC 2015, Milan, Italy, 25-29 August. DOI:

A novel experimental and analytical approach to the multimodal neural decoding of intent during social interaction in freely-behaving human infants
Cruz-Garza, JG, Hernandez, ZR, Tse, T, Caducoy, E, Abibullaev, B & Contreras-Vidal, JL 2015, Journal of Visualized Experiments, vol 2015, no. 104, e53406. DOI:

Graphonomics and its contribution to the field of motor behavior: A position statement
Van Gemmert, AWA & Contreras-Vidal, JL 2015, Human Movement Science, vol 43, pp. 165-168. DOI: