PI: Francisco Valero-Cuevas Ph.D.

valero@usc.edu

Francisco’s Bio
I attended Swarthmore College from 1984-88 where I obtained a BS degree in Engineering. After spending a year in the Indian subcontinent as a Thomas J Watson Fellow, I joined Queen’s University in Ontario and worked with Dr. Carolyn Small. The research for my Masters Degree in Mechanical Engineering at Queen’s focused on developing non-invasive methods to estimate the kinematic integrity of the wrist joint.
In 1991, I joined the doctoral program in the Design Division of the Mechanical Engineering Department at Stanford University. I worked with Dr. Felix Zajac developing a realistic biomechanical model of the human digits. This research, done at the Rehabilitation R & D Center in Palo Alto, focused on predicting optimal coordination patterns of finger musculature during static force production.
After completing my doctoral degree in 1997, I joined the core faculty of the Biomechanical Engineering Division at Stanford University as a Research Associate and Lecturer. In 1999, I joined the faculty of the Sibley School of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering at Cornell University as Assistant Professor, and was tenured in 2005. In 2007, I joined the faculty at the Department of Biomedical Engineering, and the Division of Biokinesiology & Physical Therapy at the University of Southern California as Associate Professor; where I was promoted to Full Professor in 2011. In 2013 I was elected Senior Member of the IEEE, and in 2014 to the College of Fellows of the American Institute for Medical and Biological Engineers.


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Lab Members


  • Christopher Laine
    Research Assistant Professor
    claine@usc.edu
    Understanding the neurophysiology of human movement by measuring and characterizing neuromuscular control signals and coordination strategies in health and disease.

  • Brian Cohn
    CS PhD Student
    brian.cohn@usc.edu
    Working towards high-dimension visualization, static & dynamic musculoskeletal analysis, and scientific replicability across neuromechanical research.

  • Jasmine Berry
    BME PhD student
    jasminab@usc.edu
    Examining opportunities at the intersection of biomechanics and computational modeling.

  • Kian Jalaleddini
    Post-doc
    jalaledd@usc.edu
    Peripheral neuromuscular mechanisms in the control of posture and movement, leveraging signal processing and system identification.

  • Akira Nagamori
    BKN PhD Student
    nagamori@usc.edu
    Understanding voluntary feedback control of goal-directed actions through sensorimotor integration using analysis of motor performance, reflex testing and neuromuscular modeling.

  • Maral Kasiri
    BME Masters student
    kasiri@usc.edu
    Exploring EMG muscle control of a robotic manipulator.

  • Priyanka Vachhani
    INF MS student
    pvachhan@usc.edu

  • Melisa Osborne
    BME Masters student
    mgosborn@usc.edu
    Exploring correlation between EEG and EMG signals in neuromuscular disorders.

  • Ali Marjaninejad
    BME PhD student
    marjanin@usc.edu
    Researching biomedical signal processing, neuroscience, and brain machine interfaces.

  • Suraj Chakravarthi Raja
    EE PhD student
    surajcha@usc.edu
    Making fully operational, neurally interfaced exo-suits and smart prosthesis an affordable reality.

  • Jun Yong Shin
    Post-doc
    junys@uci.edu
    Designing a wireless data collection system so real-time signals from various sensors are wirelessly transmitted to a mobile device for visualization.

  • Daniel Hagen
    BME PhD student
    dhagen@usc.edu
    Understanding the limb mechanics of routine motions and how the nervous system accomplishes these tasks under spatial and temporal constraints.

  • Victor Esparza
    BME Masters student
    vesparza@usc.edu

  • Séb Arnold
    CS/Math undergrad
    arnolds@usc.edu
    Researching artificial intelligence, distributed systems, and mathematical optimization.

  • Taegyum Kim
    taegyumk@usc.edu
    Computer Science Graduate (USC)
    Focused on API development and interface development.

  • Théo Denisart
    theo-tim.denisart@epfl.ch
    Visiting Scholar from EPFL (Swiss Federal Institute of Technology)
    Interested in designing bio-inspired systems, novel mechanical designs, and evolutionary robotics.​

  • Darío Urbina
    dario41tan@hotmail.com
    Designing robotic platforms for uncovering control mechanisms of balance in aves and quadrupeds.

Current Visiting Scientists

Anton Dogadov - Grenoble INP-France PhD Student

Current Interns

Information for Prospective Interns
Giridhar Akila Dhakshinamoorthy - CS Masters Student
Shaohui Quian - EE Masters Student
Niharika Singh - BME Masters Student
Keegan Bate - BME Masters Student
Mayumi Ishikawa - BME undergrad
Brandon Miura - BME undergrad Taylor Stroobosscher - EE undergrad

Doctoral Alumni

Kornelius Rácz— Joshua Inouye— Marta— Melissa Sajnani— Sudarshan Dayanidhi— Emily Lawrence— Alexander Reyes— Na-hyeon (Hannah) Ko— Evangelos Theodorou— Jason Kutch— Madhusudhan Venkadesan— Veronica Santos— Brendan Holt— Kevin Keenan— Rob Clewley— Jonathan Pearlman— Laurel Kuxhaus— Manish Kurse— Sudarshan Dayanidhi— Vic Anand— Nathan Wilson— Jaewoon Yi— Marta Mora-Aguilar— Robert Riener— Maria Makarov

Postdoctoral Alumni

Srideep Musuvathy—Chandana Paul

Internship Alumni

Rose Chiang - BME Ph.D. in Rotation
Babak Taherian - BME Masters Student
Catherine Leigh Raquel - Stanford Human Biology Undergraduate
Catherine Parsekian - Claremont McKenna Neuroscience Undergraduate
Jiayang Miao - CS Undergraduate
Feihong Qian - CS Undergraduate
Xingchen Liao - CS Undergraduate
Sloan Swieso - CS Undergraduate
John Pugliesi - CS Undergraduate
Cyrus Jia - CS Undergraduate
Noel Trivedi - CS Undergraduate
Elizabeth Chu - CS Undergraduate