UF Expands Rehabilitation Robotics Team

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Daniel Ferris, PhD, has joined the faculty of the University of Florida (UF) Herbert Wertheim College of Engineering.

Ferris led the Human Neuromechanics Laboratory at the University of Michigan, where he spent 16 years. His research includes improving ambulation for people with amputations and motion disorders. Four members of his research lab will also move to UF. The new team will be part of a cross-campus collaboration to expand rehabilitation robotics at the university.


Photograph courtesy of Daniel Ferris.

After earning his bachelor's degree in mathematics education at the University of Central Florida, Ferris earned his master's degree in exercise physiology at the University of Miami, followed by a doctorate in human biodynamics at the University of California, Berkeley. Ferris is a fellow of the American Institute for Medical and Biological Engineering. At the University of Michigan, he held several positions, including rehabilitation robotics faculty group director, chair of the school of kinesiology's graduate program, and associate dean for research in the school.

Ferris is the editor in chief of IEEE Transactions on Neural Systems and Rehabilitation Engineering and is the first person to hold the Robert W. Adenbaum Professorship in Engineering Innovation, an endowment established with a $1 million gift from the Leo Claire & Robert Adenbaum Foundation in 2015.