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Po T Wang

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Education

Ph.D. Biomedical Engineering, University of California, Irvine, CA, 2014
Dissertation title: Novel Data Processing Techniques for High-Performance Brain-Computer Interface.
Advisor: Dr. Zoran Nenadic

M.S. Biomedical Engineering, University of California, Irvine, CA, 2008

B.S. Bioengineering, Rice University, Houston, TX, Graduated cum laude, 2007

Diploma, Cypress Falls High School, Houston, TX, 2003

 

Highlights

  • Created a LabView program for detecting electrocardiographic (EKG) anomalies, 2007
  • Designed and programmed (from scratch) real-time asynchronous brain-computer interface, leading to multiple publications and related grants, 2008 – present
  • Programmed an optical character recognition using C# to retrieve a player's position in the Half Life 2 video game, 2010
  • Used an Arduino microcontroller to perform sensor reading on electrogoniometer bending sensor, gyroscope, laser distance meter, 2010 – present

 

Professional Experience

University of California, Irvine, CA

  • Department of Biomedical Engineering
    • Postdoctoral Scholar, Sep 2014 – Present
      • Designs BCI signal-processing electronics and software
    • Graduate Student Researcher, Aug 2008 – Sep 2014
      • Designs experiments, software, and devices for brain-computer interface (BCI) research
      • Conducts BCI experiments involving human subjects, including subjects with spinal cord injury, stroke, and epilepsy
      • Maintains the computer networks within the laboratory
    • Teaching Assistant
      • BME150 Bio-transport Phenomena (Professor Bernard Choi), Apr 2011 – Jun 2011
        • Advised students concerning class work
        • Set up collaboration system
      • BME140 Design of Biomedical Electronics (Professor Zhongping Chen), Jan 2011 – Mar 2011
        • Led and supervised student lab sessions on instrumentation amplifiers
        • Taught lectures in professor's absence
        • Compiled Faculty Course Assessment Report (FCAR) for the professor
      • BME170-A EEG Lab (Professor Zoran Nenadic), Apr 2009 – Jun 2009
        • Led and supervised student lab sessions on electroencephalography (EEG)
        • Revised course material

Rice University, Houston, TX

  • Department of Electrical Engineering
    • Laboratory Assistant
      • ELEC342 Analog Electronics (Lecturer Richard P. Massey), Spring 2007
        • Led undergraduate lab sessions on bipolar junction transistors and audio amplifiers

Cypress Falls High School, Houston, TX

  • Chemistry
    • Laboratory Technician, Sep 2001 – Jul 2002 (approx. date)
      • Prepared chemicals and materials for the high school's Chemistry Department

     

Research Interests

Brain-computer interface (BCI) systems, biomedical signal processing, neuroscience, high-density electrocorticography (HD-ECoG), machine learning, classification algorithms, computer-controlled assistive devices, BCI-on-a-chip, system integration, digital signal processing (DSP)

 

Volunteer and Other Experiences

University of California, Irvine, CA

  • Volunteer in Outreach activities for community college, high school, and middle school students with Dr. Debra Mauzy-Melitz to promote engineering. Outreach programs include:
    • Math and Science Regional Master Teacher Leader (RMTL) Leadership Institute
    • Achievement Institute of Scientific Studies
    • Young Black Scholars
    • Summer Transfer Institute
    • Future of Science Conference
    • Costa Mesa High School
    • Lorin Griset Academy
    • Saturday with Scientists
  • IT System Administrator and webmaster for the internal network of Center for BioMedical Signal Processing and Computing, Department of Biomedical Engineering, August 2008 – present
    • 802.11 Wi-Fi networks
    • Apache website
    • Windows file and printer servers
    • OpenVPN VPN servers
    • VMware virtualization
  • Safety-On-Site Representative ("Safety Officer") for Center for BioMedical Signal Processing and Computing, Department of Biomedical Engineering, May 2012 – present
    • Communicate safety procedures to lab members
    • Evaluate hazards in laboratory environment
    • Conduct training for new lab members
    • Develop standard operating procedure
    • Maintain safety training records of lab members
  • Webmaster for the course BME240, April 2008 – June 2008

Bear Creek Assistance Ministries, Houston, TX

  • Volunteer Data Entry for confidential client information, providing support and minor repair for office equipment, and improving operating procedures of client services.

 

Languages

Fluent in American English and Mandarin Chinese

U.S. citizen

 

Computer Languages

MATLAB; TCL; C++; HTML; PHP; Regular Expressions (RegExp); Visual Csharp (C#); LaTeX; Bash (Linux) scripting; "MS-DOS" scripting

 

Computer Skills

Proficient in MATLAB and SimuLink; Microsoft Excel, Word, and PowerPoint; Microsoft Visual Studio; GIMP; CAD; EDA software, Adobe DreamWeaver, PhotoShop, and Premiere; Windows XP, Windows 7, Windows 8; Windows 10; Debian Linux; Ubuntu Linux

Proficient in operating, building, maintaining, and trouble-shooting personal computers, including: System and network administration (SOHO scale); malware and virus removal; system and data recovery

 

Laboratory Skills

Tissue culture aseptic technique; EEG cap mounting; electronic soldering; circuit design and layout (analog electronics); microcontroller programming; DSP programming

 

Awards and Recognitions

In Graduate School

  • Federal Work Study grant, 2011 - 2012.
  • Federal Work Study formula grant, 2009 - 2010.
  • Full financial support and stipend for graduate study, 2007 - 2008.

In College

  • W. L. Moody, Jr., Scholarships in Engineering, 2006 - 2007.
  • Helping Hand Award, Disability Support Services, Rice University, Houston, Texas, 2003 - 2004.

In High School

  • College Board AP Scholar with Distinction Award, 2003.
  • Scholar Award, University Interscholastic League Competition, Texas, 2003.
  • Certificate of Distinction, American Invitational Mathematics Examination, 2003.
  • First Place Winner, State Level, Science Olympiad, 2002.

 

Memberships

  • Member, Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE), 2009 – present
  • Member, IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society (EMBS), 2009 – present
  • Founding Member, BCI Society, 2015 – present
  • Mu Alpha Theta National High School Mathematics Club, 2003

 

Certifications and Training

University of California

  • HIPAA for Healthcare Providers, 2007
  • Lab Safety, 2007
  • IRB Human Subjects Research, 2007
  • IRB Animal Research, 2007
  • Ethics, 2010
  • MRI Safety, 2014

Veterans Affairs Healthcare System

  • Biosecurity, 2012
  • IRB Human Subjects Research, 2012
  • Information Security for R&D, 2012
  • Privacy and HIPAA, 2012

American Red Cross

  • Adult CPR / AED, 2005

 

Publications

 

Dissertation

 

Peer-reviewed Publications

The following publications are sorted by the date of acceptance for journals or starting date of conference for conferences, both of which are indicated inside double brackets in ISO date format. Clicking on a link brings you to the corresponding Google Scholar citation, where you can read the article if you or your institution has a subscription.

  1. Kuchaiev O, Wang PT, Nenadic Z, Pržulj N. Structure of brain functional networks. In: Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society, 2009. EMBC 2009. Annual International Conference of the IEEE. IEEE; 2009. p. 4166–4170. [[2009-09-02]]
  2. Wang PT, King CE, Chui LA, Nenadic Z, Do A. BCI controlled walking simulator for a BCI driven FES device. Proc of RESNA Ann Conf. 2010;. [[2010-06-26]]
  3. Wang PT, King CE, Do AH, Nenadic Z. A durable, low-cost electrogoniometer for dynamic measurement of joint trajectories. Med Eng Phys. 2011;33(5):546–552. [[2010-12-13]]
  4. Do AH, Wang PT, Abiri A, King CE, Nenadic Z. Brain computer interface control of functional electrical stimulation to restore foot dorsiflexion. Neurology conference. 2011;76(9):A503. [[2011-03-01]]
  5. Do AH, Wang PT, King CE, Abiri A, Nenadic Z. Brain-computer interface controlled functional electrical stimulation system for ankle movement. J Neuroeng Rehabil. 2011;8(1):49. [[2011-08-26]]
  6. King CE, Wang PT, Mizuta M, Reinkensmeyer DJ, Do AH, Moromugi S, Nenadic Z. Noninvasive brain-computer interface driven hand orthosis. In: Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society, EMBC, 2011 Annual International Conference of the IEEE. IEEE; 2011. p. 5786–5789. [[2011-08-30]]
  7. Wu SC, Swindlehurst AL, Wang PT, Nenadic Z. Efficient dipole parameter estimation in EEG systems with near-ML performance. IEEE T Biomed Eng. 2012;59(5):1339–1348. [[2012-01-18]]
  8. Wu SC, Swindlehurst AL, Wang PT, Nenadic Z. Projection versus prewhitening for EEG interference suppression. IEEE T Biomed Eng. 2012;59(5):1329– 1338. [[2012-01-27]]
  9. Do AH, Wang PT, King CE, Schombs A, Cramer SC, Nenadic Z. Brain-computer interface controlled functional electrical stimulation device for foot drop due to stroke. In: Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society (EMBC), 2012 Annual International Conference of the IEEE. IEEE; 2012. p. 6414–6417. [[2012-08-28]]
  10. Wang PT, King CE, Chui LA, Do AH, Nenadic Z. Self-paced brain–computer interface control of ambulation in a virtual reality environment. J Neural Eng. 2012;9(5):056016. [[2012-09-10]]
  11. Do AH, Wang PT, King CE, Schombs A, Nenadic Z, Cramer SC. Brain-computer interface controlled functional electrical stimulation as a novel approach to improving foot-drop after stroke. International Stroke Conference 2013, 44: ATP94, 2012. [[2013-02-01]]
  12. Wang PT, King CE, Schombs A, Lin JJ, Sazgar M, Hsu FPK, Shaw SJ, Millett DE, Liu CY, Chui LA, Nenadic Z, Do AH. Electrocorticographic gamma band power encodes the velocity of upper extremity movements. Proc 5th Int’l Brain-Computer Interface Meeting. 2013;. [[2013-06-03]]
  13. King CE, Wang PT, Chui LA, Do AH, Nenadic Z. Operation of a brain-computer interface walking simulator for individuals with spinal cord injury. J NeuroEng Rehabil. 2013;10:77. [[2013-06-14]]
  14. Do AH, Wang PT, King CE, Schombs A, Lin JJ, Sazgar M, Hsu FPK, Shaw SJ, Millett DE, Liu CY, Szymanska AA, Chui LA, Nenadic Z. Sensitivity and specificity of upper extremity movements decoded from electrocorticogram. In: Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society (EMBC), 2013 35th Annual International Conference of the IEEE. IEEE; 2013. p. 5618–5621. [[2013-07-03]]
  15. Wang PT, King CE, Shaw SJ, Millett DE, Liu CY, Chui LA, Nenadic Z, Do AH. A co-registration approach for electrocorticogram electrode localization using post-implantation MRI and CT of the head. In: Neural Engineering (NER), 2013 6th International IEEE/EMBS Conference on. IEEE; 2013. p. 525–528. [[2013-11-06-p525]]
  16. Wang PT, Puttock EJ, King CE, Schombs A, Lin JJ, Sazgar M, Hsu FPK, Shaw SJ, Millett DE, Liu CY, Chui LA, Do AH, Nenadic Z. State and trajectory decoding of upper extremity movements from electrocorticogram. In: Neural Engineering (NER), 2013 6th International IEEE/EMBS Conference on. IEEE; 2013. p. 969–972. [[2013-11-06-p969]]
  17. Wang PT, King CE, Schombs A, Lin JJ, Sazgar M, Hsu FPK, Shaw SJ, Millett DE, Liu CY, Chui LA, Nenadic Z, Do AH. Electrocorticogram encoding of upper extremity movement trajectories. In: Neural Engineering (NER), 2013 6th International IEEE/EMBS Conference on. IEEE; 2013. p. 1429–1432. [[2013-11-06-p1429]]
  18. Do AH, Wang PT, King CE, Chun SN, Nenadic Z. Brain-computer interface controlled robotic gait orthosis. J NeuroEng Rehabil. 2013;10(1):111. [[2013-12-04]]
  19. King CE, McCrimmon CM, Wang PT, Chou CCY, Nenadic Z, Do AH. Brain-computer interface driven functional electrical stimulation system for overground walking: a case report (P3. 055). Neurology conference. 2014;82(10 Supplement):P3–055. [[2014-04-08]]
  20. King CE, Dave KR, Wang PT, Mizuta M, Reinkensmeyer DJ, Do AH, Moromugi S, Nenadic Z. Performance assessment of a brain–computer interface driven hand orthosis. Ann Biomed Eng. 2014;42(10):2095–2105. [[2014-07-01]]
  21. Flint RD, Wang PT, Wright ZA, King CE, Krucoff MO, Schuele SU, Rosenow JM, Hsu FPK, Liu CY, Lin JJ, Sazgar M, Millett DE, Shaw SJ, Nenadic Z, Do AH, Slutzky MW. Extracting kinetic information from human motor cortical signals. NeuroImage. 2014;101:695–703. [[2014-07-22]]
  22. King CE, Wang PT, McCrimmon CM, Chou CCY, Do AH, Nenadic Z. Brain-computer interface driven functional electrical stimulation system for overground walking in spinal cord injury participant. In: Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society (EMBC), 2014 36th Annual International Conference of the IEEE. IEEE; 2014. p. 1238–1242. [[2014-08-26-p1238]]
  23. Wang PT, King CE, McCrimmon CM, Shaw SJ, Millett DE, Liu CY, Chui LA, Nenadic Z, Do AH. Electrocorticogram encoding of upper extremity movement duration. In: Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society (EMBC), 2014 36th Annual International Conference of the IEEE. IEEE; 2014. p. 1243–1246. [[2014-08-26-p1243]]
  24. McCrimmon CM, King CE, Wang PT, Cramer SC, Nenadic Z, Do AH. Brain-controlled functional electrical stimulation for lower-limb motor recovery in stroke survivors. In: Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society (EMBC), 2014 36th Annual International Conference of the IEEE. IEEE; 2014. p. 1247–1250. [[2014-08-26-p1247]]
  25. McCrimmon CM, King CE, Wang PT, Cramer SC, Nenadic Z, Do AH. Brain-controlled functional electrical stimulation therapy for gait rehabilitation after stroke: a safety study. J NeuroEng Rehabil. 2015;12(1):57. [[2015-06-23]]
  26. King CE, Wang PT, McCrimmon CM, Chou CCY, Do AH, Nenadic Z. The feasibility of a brain computer interface functional electrical stimulation system for the restoration of overground walking after paraplegia. J NeuroEng Rehabil. 2015;12(1):80. [[2015-08-19]]
  27. Mahajan A, Karimi-Bidhendi A, Wang PT, McCrimmon CM, Liu CY, Nenadic Z, Do AH, Heydari P. A 64-channel ultra-low power bioelectric signal acquisition system for brain-computer interface. In: Biomedical Circuits and Systems Conference (BioCAS), 2015 IEEE. IEEE; 2015. p. 1–4. [[2015-10-22]]
  28. Wang PT, King CE, McCrimmon C, Lin JJ, Sazgar M, Hsu FPK, Shaw SJ, Millett DE, Chui LA, Liu CY, Do AH, Nenadic Z. Comparison of decoding resolution of standard and high-density electrocorticogram electrodes. J Neural Eng. 2016;13(2):026016. [[2015-11-27]]
  29. Wang PT, Karimi-Bidhendi A, Liu CY, Nenadic Z, Heydari P, Do AH. A low-cost, fully programmable, battery powered direct cortical electrical stimulator, in Proc. 15th Annual Design of Medical Devices Conference, 2016. [[2016-01-11]]
  30. McCrimmon CM, Wang M, Silva-Lopes L, Wang PT, Karimi-Bidhendi A, Liu CY, Heydari P, Nenadic Z, Do AH. A small, portable, battery-powered brain-computer interface system for motor rehabilitation. In: Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society, 2016, EMBC 2016. Annual International Conference of the IEEE. IEEE; 2016. Accepted. [[2016-05-06]]
  31. Wang PT, Gandasetiawan K, McCrimmon CM, Karimi-Bidhendi A, Liu CY, Heydari P, Nenadic Z, Do AH. Feasibility of a hardware platform for a fully implantable brain-computer interface system. In: Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society, 2016, EMBC 2016. Annual International Conference of the IEEE. IEEE; 2016. In press. [[2016-05-06]]
  32. McCrimmon CM, Fu JL, Wang M, Silva Lopes L, Wang PT, Karimi-Bidhendi A, Liu CY, Heydari P, Nenadic Z, Do AH. Performance Assessment of a Custom, Portable, and Low-Cost Brain-Computer Interface Platform. IEEE T Biomed Eng. In press. [[2017-02-05]]
  33. Wang PT, McCrimmon CM, King CE, Shaw SJ, Milett DE, Gong H, Chui LA, Liu CY, Nenadic Z, Do AH. Characterization of electrocorticogram high-gamma signal in response to varying upper extremity movement velocity. Brain Structure and Function. In press. [[2017-04-17]]
  34. McCrimmon CM, Wang PT, Heydari P, Nguyen A, Shaw SJ, Gong H, Chui LA, Liu CY, Nenadic Z, Do AH. Electrocorticogram encoding of human gait in the leg primary motor cortex. Cer Cor. Accepted.[[2017-06-09]]
  35. Karimi-Bidhendi A, Malekzadeh-Arasteh O, Lee MC, McCrimmon CM, Wang PT, Mahajan A, Liu CY, Nenadic Z, Do AH, Heydari P. CMOS ultra-low power brain signal acquisition front-ends: design and human testing. IEEE T BioCAS. Accepted. [[2017-06-29]]
  36. Wang PT, McCrimmon CM, Shaw SJ, Gong H, Heydari P, Chui LA, Liu CY, Do AH, Nenadic Z. Decoding of Gait Stepping Speed from Electrocorticogram High-Gamma Signal. In draft. [[]]

 

Pre-Prints

  1. Do AH, Wang PT, King CE, Chun SN, Nenadic Z. Brain-computer interface controlled robotic gait orthosis: a case report. arXiv preprint arXiv:12085024. 2012;.
  2. King CE, Wang PT, Chui LA, Do AH, Nenadic Z. Operation of a brain-computer interface walking simulator by users with spinal cord injury. arXiv preprint arXiv:12091859. 2012;.
  3. Wang PT, King CE, Do AH, Nenadic Z. Pushing the communication speed limit of a noninvasive bci speller. arXiv preprint arXiv:12120469. 2012;.

 

Public Demonstrations

  1. Meet The Scientists, Reeve-Irvine Research Center, UC Irvine Campus, on 20 March 2010.
  2. Meet The Scientists, Reeve-Irvine Research Center, UC Irvine Campus, on 10 March 2011.
  3. Meet The Scientists, Reeve-Irvine Research Center, UC Irvine Campus, on 20 March 2012.
  4. Meet The Scientists, Reeve-Irvine Research Center, UC Irvine Campus, on 15 March 2014.
  5. Meet The Scientists, Reeve-Irvine Research Center, UC Irvine Campus, on 12 March 2016.

 

News Media Coverage

  1. Team Reports Brain-Controlled Ambulation in Robotic Leg Test, Nancy Owano, Phys.org, 4 September 2012
  2. Researchers Tout Progress with Brain-Controlled Robotic Legs, Donald Melanson, Engadget, 4 September 2012
  3. Man Walks With Aid of Brain-Controlled Robotic Legs, Tanya Lewis, Wired Science, 5 September 2012
  4. Mind-Controlled Robotic Legs Could Help the Paralyzed Walk (VIDEO), Betsy Isaacson, The Huffington Post, 6 September 2012
  5. BCI Controls Robotic Leg Orthosis, The O&P EDGE, OandP.com, 7 September 2012.
  6. UCI Brain-Computer Interface Enables Paralyzed Man to Walk, UCI News, 24 September 2015.


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