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Jose L. Contreras Vidal, PhD

Full Affiliate Member, Research Institute
Houston Methodist


Contreras Vidal Lab - Brain-Machine Interface Lab


Biography

Dr. Contreras-Vidal earned his Ph.D. in cognitive and neural systems from Boston University. He held faculty appointments at the University of Maryland-College Park, MD  before joining the faculty of the University of Houston and becoming a full affiliate member of Houston Methodist Research Institute with appointments in the neurosciences research program and the department of neurosurgery. Dr. Contreras-Vidal is a professor of electrical and computer engineering at The University of Houston. He directs a neural and rehabilitation engineering research program focusing on non-invasive brain-machine interface systems and neuroprosthetics. 

Dr. Contreras-Vidal has also been a charter member of the NIH Motor Function, Speech and Rehabilitation study section, and has served on multiple NIH, NSF and international review panels. He is currently on the editorial boards of Neural Networks, Frontiers in Neuroprosthetics, the International Journal of Mobile Computer Interaction, and  Computers in Biology and Medicine. He is also  the president-elect of the International Graphonomics Society. Dr. Contreras-Vidal is the chairman of the NIH and NSF funded 2013 Clinical Brain-Neural Machine Interface Systems workshop at the Research Institute, and an IEEE Senior Member.

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.

Education & Training

Fellow , Arizona State University
PhD , Boston University
BS , Monterrey Institute of Technology
MS , University of Colorado Boulder
Fellow , University of Fribourg
Publications

Risk management and regulations for lower limb medical exoskeletons: A review
He, Y, Eguren, D, Luu, TP & Contreras-Vidal, JL 2017, Medical Devices: Evidence and Research, vol 10, pp. 89-107.

Multiple kernel based region importance learning for neural classification of gait states from EEG signals
Zhang, Y, Prasad, S, Kilicarslan, A & Contreras-Vidal, JL 2017, Frontiers in Neuroscience, vol 11, no. APR, 170. DOI:

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, IEEE, 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, IEEE, pp. 30-37, 11th Annual International Conference on Virtual Rehabilitation, ICVR 2015, Valencia, Spain, 9-12 June. DOI:

Human-centered design of wearable neuroprostheses and exoskeletons
Contreras-Vidal, JL, Kilicarslan, A, Huang, H & Grossman, RG 2015, AI Magazine, vol 36, no. 4, pp. 12-22.

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: