James L. Patton

James L. Patton, PhD

Director, Center for Rehabilitation Robotics
Professor, Bioengineering, University of Illinois at Chicago
Affiliate Professor, Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, Northwestern University
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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

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

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