Felix Huang, PhD - Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago

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Felix Huang, PhD

  • Research Scientist, SMPP, RIC
  • Research Assistant Professor, P M and R, NU



Education, Residency and Internship


University of California at Berkeley, BS, Mechanical Engineering
University of Michigan, M.S. / Ph.D, Mechanical Engineering and Industrial & Operations Engineering


RIC/FSM, NU, Post-Doctoral

Teaching or Professional Positions

2012 – Present

Research Scientist, RIC

2013 – Present

Research Assistant Professor, PM&R, NU

2014 – Present

Associate Editor, Assistive Technology Journal, Rehabilitation Engineering and Assistive Technology Society of North America (RESNA)


Research Associate, RIC, 2006-2012

(Advisers: Ferdinando A Mussa-Ivaldi and James L Patton)


Research Assistant (Ph.D.), University of Michigan, 2000-2006

Dissertation Title: Human control strategy in object manipulation

(Advisers: R. Brent Gillespie and Arthur D. Kuo)


Peer Reviewed Journal Publications and Book Chapters

  • Parmar PN, Huang FC, Patton JL, Evidence of multiple coordinate representations during generalization of motor learning., ExpBrainRes, in press 2014
  • Huang FC, Patton JL, Individual patterns of motor deficits evident in movement distribution analysis., IEEE Transactions in Biomedical Engineering, submitted 2014
  • Huang FC, Patton JL, Augmented dynamics and motor exploration as training for stroke, IEEE Transactions in Biomedical Engineering, 2013 vol. 60(3) pp. 838-44.
  • Huang FC, CM Pugh, Patton JL, Mussa-Ivaldi FA, Learning Kinematic Constraints in Laparoscopic Surgery. IEEE Trans Haptics, 2012. 5(4): p. 356-364.
  • Patton, JL and Huang, F, (2011) “Error Augmentation and the Role of Sensory Feedback,” in Neurorehabilitation Technology, Dietz, Nef and Rymer, Editors, Springer.
  • Nisky I, Huang F, Milstein A, Pugh CM, Mussa-Ivaldi FA, Karniel A., Perception of stiffness in laparoscopy – the fulcrum effect. Stud Health Technol Inform, 2012. 173: p. 313-9.
  • Sharp, I., F. Huang, and J. Patton, Visual error augmentation enhances learning in three dimensions. J NeuroengRehabil, 2011. 8: p. 52.

Research Interests

Neural control of human movement, robotics for therapeutic neuro-rehabilitation, haptic devices and theory, mechatronics, surgical skill training

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