Houston Methodist. Leading Medicine.
Houston Methodist. Leading Medicine

José Luis Contreras-Vidal Ph.D.

José Luis Contreras-Vidal, Ph.D.

José Luis Contreras-Vidal, Ph.D.

José Luis Contreras-Vidal, Ph.D.

Full Affiliate Member 
Neurosciences Research Program
The Methodist Hospital Research Institute

Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering
University of Houston

E-mail: jlcontreras-vidal@uh.edu
Phone: 713-743-4429


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)

Postdoctoral Training

Postdoctoral Fellow, Computational Motor Neuroscience, Department of Exercise Science and Physical Education Motor Control Laboratory, Arizona State University, Tempe, AZ 

Postdoctoral Fellow, Computational Neuroscience, Institute of Physiology, University of Fribourg, Fribourg, Switzerland



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 The Methodist Hospital 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 chartered 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 TMHRI, and an IEEE Senior Member.

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:

  1. Reverse engineering the brain
  2. Innovating rehabilitation robotics
  3. Utilizing neural interfaces as tools for reverse-translational studies of brain plasticity
  4. Development of noninvasive neuroprosthetics and wearable exoskeletons for restoration and rehabilitation of motor function.

Major Areas of Research

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

Recent Publications

Bradberry TJ, Metman LV, Contreras-Vidal JL, van den Munckhof P, Hosey LA,Thompson JL, Schulz GM, Lenz F, Pahwa R, Lyons KE, Braun AR. Common and unique responses to dopamine agonist therapy and deep brain stimulation in Parkinson's disease: an H(2)(15)O PET study. Brain Stimul. 2012 Oct;5(4):605-15. PMID: 22019080

King BR, Oliveira MA, Contreras-Vidal JL, Clark JE. Development of state estimation explains improvements in sensorimotor performance across childhood. J Neurophysiol. 2012 Jun;107(11):3040-9. PMID: 22378169

Presacco A, Forrester LW, Contreras-Vidal JL. Decoding intra-limb and inter-limb kinematics during treadmill walking from scalp electroencephalographic (EEG) signals. IEEE Trans Neural Syst Rehabil Eng. 2012 Mar;20(2):212-9. PMID: 22438336 

Contreras-Vidal J, Presacco A, Agashe H, Paek A. Restoration of whole body movement: toward a noninvasive brain-machine interface system. IEEE Pulse. 2012 Jan;3(1):34-7. PMID: 22344949

Presacco A, Goodman R, Forrester L, Contreras-Vidal JL. Neural decoding of treadmill walking from noninvasive electroencephalographic signals. J Neurophysiol. 2011 Oct;106(4):1875-87. PMID: 21768121

Bradberry TJ, Gentili RJ, Contreras-Vidal JL. Fast attainment of computer cursor control with noninvasively acquired brain signals. J Neural Eng. 2011 Jun;8(3):036010. PMID: 21493978

Swett BA, Contreras-Vidal JL, Birn R, Braun A. Neural substrates of graphomotor sequence learning: a combined FMRI and kinematic study. J Neurophysiol. 2010 Jun;103(6):3366-77. PMID: 20375250

Bradberry TJ, Gentili RJ, Contreras-Vidal JL. Reconstructing three-dimensional hand movements from noninvasive electroencephalographic signals. J Neurosci. 2010 Mar 3;30(9):3432-7. PMID: 20203202

Bradberry TJ, Rong F, Contreras-Vidal JL. Decoding center-out hand velocity from MEG signals during visuomotor adaptation. Neuroimage. 2009 Oct 1;47(4):1691-700. PMID: 19539036

Kagerer FA, Contreras-Vidal JL. Adaptation of sound localization induced by rotated visual feedback in reaching movements. Exp Brain Res. 2009 Feb;193(2):315-21. PMID: 19048242