James Patton

Professor of bioengineering


James Patton

James Patton (Photo: Jenny Fontaine)

James Patton is a professor of bioengineering at UIC and a senior research scientist at the Shirley Ryan AbilityLab. He worked in automotive manufacturing and in nuclear medicine before discovering his interest in human movement. His general interests involve robotic teaching, dynamic balance control, haptics, modeling of the human-machine interface and robot-facilitated recovery from a brain injury.

Patton is vice president of conferences from the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers, or IEEE, Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society and associate editor of  the textbooks “IEEE Transactions on Biomedical Engineering” and “IEEE Transactions on Medical Robotics and Bionics.” He also chaired the 2019 International Conference on Rehabilitation Robotics conference.

Patton received bachelor’s degrees in mechanical engineering and engineering science from the University of Michigan in 1989, a master’s degree in theoretical mechanics from Michigan State in 1993, and a doctoral degree in biomedical engineering from Northwestern University in 1998.

Subject areas:

  • Neurorehabilitation through novel interface
  • Automatic feedback control theory
  • Dynamics and simulation and related modeling techniques
  • Optimization
  • Mechatronics and haptic development
  • Human-machine interfaces
  • Robotic teaching
  • Control of balance in locomotion
  • Sensorimotor intelligence
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