James L. Patton

James L. Patton, PhD

Senior Research Scientist
Professor, Bioengineering, University of Illinois at Chicago

About Me

Dr. Patton's research focuses on computational modeling of biomechanics, the neural control of actions, motor learning, and neuro-rehabilitation. He specializes in robotic manipulators and human machine-interactions to try to answer some of these questions. 


Shirley Ryan AbilityLab

355 East Erie

Chicago, IL 60611

Education & Training



    1984 - 1989
    Mechanical Engineering and Bioengineering, University of Michigan
    1990 - 1993
    Master of Science, Theoretical Mechanics, Michigan State University
    1993 - 1998
    PhD, Biomedical Engineering, Northwestern University


    1998 - 2001
    Postdoctoral Fellowship, Rehabilitation Robotics, Rehabilitation Institute Of Chicago

Recent Publications

Interictal spike connectivity in human epileptic neocortex.
Maharathi B, Wlodarski R, Bagla S, Asano E, Hua J, Patton J, Loeb JA
Clinical neurophysiology : official journal of the International Federation of Clinical Neurophysiology
doi: 10.1016/j.clinph.2018.11.025
Reshaping Movement Distributions With Limit-Push Robotic Training.
Shah AK, Sharp I, Hajissa E, Patton JL
IEEE transactions on neural systems and rehabilitation engineering : a publication of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society
doi: 10.1109/TNSRE.2018.2839565
Regression techniques employing feature selection to predict clinical outcomes in stroke.
Abdel Majeed Y, Awadalla SS, Patton JL
PloS one
doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0205639

Honors & Awards

  • Associate Editor, IEEE transactions on Biomedical Engineering
  • Editor In chief of the IEEE-EMBs Conference Editorial Board
  • University of Illinois at Chicago’s College of Engineering Faculty Advising Award


  • Error-enhanced Learning & Recovery in 2 & 3 Dimensions
    National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke
    , 2013 - 2018
  • Bimanual Robotic Rehabilitation System with Variable Interacton Modes
    Barrett Technology LLC
    , 2017 - 2019
  • Collaborative Machines Enhancing Therapies (COMET)
    NIDILRR, $4,624,740

    , 2018 - 2022

My Lab

Robotics Lab

Our research is aimed at understanding the sensory-motor system through close interaction with artificial systems & how the brain executes motor behaviors.

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Work History

  • 2007
    Associate Professor, Bioengineering, The University of Illinois at Chicago
  • 2004
    Associate Director, Center For Rehabilitation Robotics, The Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago
  • 2002 - 2004
    Associate Director, Sensory-Motor Performance Program, The Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago
  • 2001
    Research Assistant Professor, Northwestern University
  • 2001
    Research Scientist, Sensory-Motor Performance Program, The Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago
  • 1993 - 1998
    Doctoral Research Assistant, Northwestern University Programs in Physical Therapy