Levi Hargrove, PhD

Levi Hargrove, PhD

Scientific Chair, The Regenstein Foundation Center for Bionic Medicine (CBM)
Director, Neural Engineering for Prosthetics and Orthotics Lab
Associate Professor, Departments of Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation and Engineering, Northwestern University
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About Me

Dr. Hargrove is Director and Scientific Chair of The Regenstein Foundation Center for Bionic Medicine and of the Neural Engineering for Prosthetics and Orthotics Laboratory at the Shirley Ryan AbilityLab. He is also an Associate Professor in the Departments of Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation and the McCormick School of Engineering at Northwestern University.

A major goal of his research is to develop clinically realizable myoelectric control systems that can be made available to persons with limb loss in the near future. His research addresses all levels of amputation and has been published in the Journal of the American Medical Association and the New England Journal of Medicine and multiple patents. Key projects include the development of advanced and adaptive control systems for prosthetic legs, improving control of robotic hand prostheses, and intramuscular EMG signal processing. In 2012, Dr. Hargrove co-founded Coapt, a company to transition advanced rehabilitation technologies from the research lab to patients’ homes.

Location

Shirley Ryan AbilityLab

355 East Erie

Chicago, IL 60611

Education & Training

    Education

    Credential

    1998 - 2003
    Electrical Engineering, University of New Brunswick
    2003 - 2005
    Electrical Engineering, University of New Brunswick
    2005 - 2008
    Electrical Engineering, University of New Brunswick

Recent Publications

Modeling Expected Reaching Error and Behaviors for Motor Adaptation.
Earley EJ, Hargrove LJ
doi: 10.1109/EMBC.2019.8857562
A Survey of Teleceptive Sensing for Wearable Assistive Robotic Devices.
Krausz NE, Hargrove LJ
pii: E5238. doi: 10.3390/s19235238

Honors & Awards

  • Young Professional Award
    Association of Professional Engineerings and Geoscientists of New Brunwick, 2014
  • MHSRS Team Award for Outstanding Research Accomplishment
    United States Army, 2015
  • Collaboration Award
    Chicago Innovation Awards, 2015
  • Research Award
    American Academy of Orthotists & Prosthetists, 2018

Selected Patents

  • Ambulation Prediction Controller for Assistive Device
    9,443,203 B2
    Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago, 2016
  • Systems and Methods of Myoelectric Prosthesis Control
    13/587,755
    Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago, 2014
  • Autoconfiguration of Pattern-Recognition Controlled Myoelectric Prostheses
    61/675,147
    Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago, 2014

Professional Affiliations

  • Professional Engineer
    Association of Professional Engineers and Geoscientists of New Brunswick, 2008
  • Member
    IEEE, 2001
  • Member
    International Society of Electrophysiology and Kinesiology, 2011

Research Interests

  • Control of Bionic Limbs
  • Biological Signal Processing
  • Pattern Recognition

Current Grant Support

  • National Institutes of Health R01
    Intuitive Control of a Hybrid Prosthetic Leg During Ambulation. Role: Principal Investigator, 2018 - 2023
  • National Institutes of Health R01
    The Functional Importance of Powered Wrist Flexion for Upper Limb Prostheses. Role: Principal Investigator, 2018 - 2023
  • NIDILRR
    Technologies to Evaluate and Advance Manipulation and Mobility. Role: Co-Investigator, 2018 - 2023
  • Department of Defense
    The Functional Importance of Powered Wrist Flexion. Role: Co-Investigator, 2019 - 2023
  • Department of Defense
    Flexible Epidermal Electrodes for Intuitive Control of Powered Arm and Leg Prostheses, 2018 - 2021
  • Department of Defense
    Determining the Functional Importance of a Powered Multifunction Wrist. Role: Principal Investigator, 2017 - 2020
  • Department of Defenese
    Motorized Hip Orthoses to Improve the Gait Ability of Transfemoral Amputees. Role: Co-Investigator, 2017 - 2020
  • Department of Defense
    Development and Validation of a Self-Adapting Myoelectrically Controlled Prosthetic Ankle with Continuously Variable Stiffness, 2017 - 2020

Neural Engineering for Prosthetics & Orthotics Lab

Our research focuses on developing neural control systems for upper and lower prosthetics.

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