Hongwu Wang

Research Scientist

Hongwu Wang received his PhD in Rehabilitation Science and Technology from University of Pittsburgh, in 2012, and his bachelor's and master's degree in Biomedical Engineering from Xi'an Jiaotong University, Xi'an, China, in 2003 and 2005. Dr. Wang defended his dissertation on “Development and Evaluation of an Advanced Real-Time Electrical Powered Wheelchair Controller” in December 2011, and started his post-doc at Human Engineering Research Laboratories, University of Pittsburgh. Dr. Wang has developed a series of advanced control algorithms such as anti-rollover control and traction control for electric-powered wheelchairs during his PhD pursuit. He has also published several papers in prestigious journals and conferences for his doctoral work and has won the best student paper awards in both 2008 and 2009 Annual Conference of Rehabilitation Engineering and Assistive Technology Society of North America. Dr. Wang is currently working on a robotic wheelchair with reconfigurable drive wheels and caster wheels that enable the wheelchair to automatically adapt to different terrains and driving conditions for both indoor and outdoor driving. His research interests are rehabilitation robotics design and development, outcome measurement tools development, and assistive technology and service clinical evaluation.

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