C-STAR: Course Highlights for Wearable Sensors in Rehabilitation: Tracking for the Future

Description: A variety of wearable sensors are available to measure data from individuals needing or who will need rehabilitation. These data may be used to measure outcomes associated with movements, muscle activation, vital signs, and more. While there is no shortage of devices, it is confusing to know when and how to use them in clinical populations to answer clinical and research questions. To use wearable sensors effectively to obtain data that is meaningful and relevant, judgments must be made about which devices to use, where to place them, how to configure them, what types of data to collect, and when to make the measurements.

This "highlights" offering includes sessions from the 2021 C-STAR course "Wearable Sensors in Rehabilitation: Tracking for the Future", and explores basic principles of using wearable sensors to effectively measure biometrics such as muscle health, movement, and vital signs in a rehabilitation population. Facilitators review how common wearable sensors work and what they measure, and research/clinical applications where wearable sensors were actively employed using IMU or EMG features.

Audience: Engineers, Data Scientists, Physical Therapists, Occupational Therapists, Speech-Language Pathologists, and Physicians

Course Chairs:
Levi Hargrove, PhD, Scientific Chair, Regenstein Foundation Center for Bionic Medicine and Neural Engineering for Prosthetics and Orthotics Laboratory, Shirley Ryan AbilityLab; Associate Professor, Feinberg School of Medicine and McCormick School of Engineering, Northwestern University

Arun Jayaraman, PT, PhD, Director, Max Näder Center for Rehabilitation Technologies & Outcomes Research; Executive Director Technology and Innovation Hub (tiHUB), Associate Professor of PM&R, Medical Social Science, PTHMS, Northwestern University

Featured Faculty:
Joy Ku, PhD, Director of Communications & Engagement, Mobilize Center, Stanford University; Director of Didactic Interactions, Restore Center, Stanford University

Carmichael Ong PhD, Research Engineer, Stanford University
Scott Delp, PhD Director, James H. Clark Professor, School of Engineering, Professor of Bioengineering, Mechanical Engineering & Orthopaedic Surgery, Stanford University

Megan O’Brien, PhD, Research Scientist, Max Nader, Center for Rehabilitation Technologies & Outcomes Research, Shirley Ryan AbilityLab

W. Zev Rymer, MD, PhD, Director, Single Motor Unit Laboratory, Shirley Ryan AbilityLab; Professor, Departments of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, Physiology, and Biomedical Engineering, Northwestern University

Sourav Chandra, PhD, Postdoctoral Fellow, Shirley Ryan AbilityLab; Senior Postdoctoral Fellow, Northwestern University

Dave Reinkensmeyer, PhD, Professor of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering; Professor of Anatomy and Neurobiology, Professor of Biomedical Engineering; Professor of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, The Henry Samueli School of Engineering, University of California, Irvine

Kat Steele, PhD, Professor, Mechanical Engineering at University of Washington

Dario Farina, PhD, Chair, Neurorehabilitation Engineering, Department of Bioengineering, Imperial College London 


Please Note: There is no accreditation offered for this program


Basic Computer Requirements:

To participate, you will need access to a device with an Internet connection. Computers, laptops, iOS and Android devices are supported. High-speed broadband Internet access (LAN, Cable or DSL) is highly recommended. 

Additional requirements include:

  • Web browser: latest version of Chrome, Firefox, or Safari
  • JavaScript and Cookies enabled
  • Speaker or headset to listen to recorded audio files
  • Speaker and microphone, or headset with microphone, or phone to listen to webinar facilitators
  • Do NOT use Internet Explorer or Microsoft Edge as they are not supported. 


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