Dr. Ramana Vinjamuri

ASSISTANT PROFESSOR, BIOMEDICAL ENGINEERING
Building: Altorfer
Room: 212
Phone: 201-216-3503
Email: ramana.vinjamuri AT stevens.edu
Website
Resume
Education

Ramana Vinjamuri received his undergraduate degree in Electrical Engineering from Kakatiya University (India) in 2002. He received his MS in Electrical Engineering from Villanova University in 2004 specialized in Bioinstrumentation. He received his PhD in Electrical Engineering in 2008 specialized in Dimensionality Reduction in Control and Coordination of Human Hand from the University of Pittsburgh. He worked as a postdoctoral fellow (2008-2012) in the field of Brain Machine Interfaces (BMI) to control prosthesis in the School of Medicine, University of Pittsburgh. He worked as a Research Assistant Professor in the Department of Biomedical Engineering at the Johns Hopkins University (2012-2013).

In 2010, he was awarded Mary E. Switzer Merit Fellowship by National Institute on Disability and Rehabilitation Research (NIDRR) for his proposal, "A synergy based BMI to reanimate paralyzed hands". He has a pending patent as the lead inventor on related technology. In 2011, he was elevated to IEEE Senior Member. He has authored several publications in IEEE Transactions and conferences and other journals in the fields of biomedical engineering. He serves as reviewer for journals and conferences including IEEE Transactions in Biomedical Engineering, IEEE Transactions in Neural Networks, IEEE Transactions on Intelligent Transport Systems, IEEE EMBC, Journal of Neural engineering, Sensors, International Journal of Nano Medicine, etc. He also serves as grants reviewer for NIDRR

Research

Our lab studies Brain-Machine Interfaces (BMIs) that control upper-limb prosthesis. In particular, we are interested in how brain controls complex hand movements. The human hand has about 30 dimensions in contrast to human arm that has only 7 dimensions. BMIs that control  human arms have already been demonstrated with decent accuracies. What type of interface is needed to extend the control from 7 to 37 dimensions forms the central topic of research of the lab. This question is answered from several angles of approach including: studying the human hand kinematics, studying the nature and representation muscle activities during hand movements, and finally studying the neural signals in the brain. These studies involve application of linear and nonlinear signal processing, control and optimization methods.

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Honors & Awards

Harvey N Davis Distinguished Assistant Professor Award, 2018

Appointments

Visiting Assistant Professor, Indian Institute of Technology, Hyderabad, India

Professional Societies

IEEE Senior Member

Society for Neuroscience

Grants, Contracts & Funds

Mary E. Switzer Merit Fellowship from National Institute on Disability and Rehabilitation Research (NIDRR) (PR: H133F100001); Project: A synergy based brain machine interface to reanimate paralyzed hands. Role: Principal Investigator. Aug.2010-2011.

Undergraduate Training in Scientific Research, Center for Healthcare and Innovation, Stevens Institute of Technology; Project: A versatile human-hand exoskeleton. Role: Mentor. Aug.2014-2015.

Undergraduate Training in Scientific Research, Center for Healthcare and Innovation, Stevens Institute of Technology; Project: A versatile human-hand exoskeleton. Role: Mentor. Aug.2015-2016.

Doctoral Training in Scientific Research, Office of Innovation and Entrepreneurship, Stevens Institute of Technology; Project: Synergies in Brain Machine Interfaces. Role: Mentor. Aug.2015-2017.

Ignition Grants Initiative, Stevens Institute of Technology; Project: Rehab robotics. Role: Principal Investigator. Aug. 2016-2017.

Research Grant, New Jersey Health Foundation. Project: Dexterous human hand exoskeletons to reanimate paralyzed hands. Role: Principal Investigator. April 2016-2017.

Ignition Grants Initiative, Stevens Institute of Technology; Project: Cybersecurity authentication with hand synergies. Role: Principal Investigator. Summer 2017.

Research Grant, New Jersey Health Foundation. Project: An integrated system for objective assessment of Parkinson’s disease. Role: Principal Investigator. April 2018-2020

Innovation Grant, New Jersey Health Foundation. Project: Dexterous human hand exoskeletons to reanimate paralyzed hands. Role: Principal Investigator. April 2019-2020.

 

Patents & Inventions

Human-machine interface based on task-specific temporal postural synergies
RK Vinjamuri, W Wang, ZH Mao, DJ Weber
US Patent 9,034,055

Selected Publications
Book Chapters
  1. Please refer to our lab website for complete list of publications at web.stevens.edu/vinjamurilab/publications.
Conference Proceedings
  1. Please refer to our lab website for complete list of publications at web.stevens.edu/vinjamurilab/publications.
Journals
  1. Please refer to our lab website for complete list of publications at web.stevens.edu/vinjamurilab/publications.
Courses
  • BME 306 Introduction to Biomedical Engineering
  • BME 322 Engineering Design VI