Human Neuromechanics Laboratory
1275 Center Drive, Biomedical Sciences Building JG44, PO Box 116131, Gainesville, FL 32611T: (352) 294-1281
Robert W. Adenbaum Professor & Senior Associate Chair
Biomechanics, neuromechanical control, locomotion and prosthetics
Ph.D., Human Biodynamics, University of California, Berkeley, 1998
M.S., Exercise Physiology, University of Miami 1994
B.S., Mathematics Education, University of Central Florida 1992
Dr. Ferris’ research focuses on the biomechanics and neural control of human locomotion. Most of his research focuses on human-machine interactions, mechanically and electrically. Specifically he studies human walking and running using mobile brain imaging, robotic lower limb exoskeletons, and bionic lower limb prostheses. The goal is to identify principles of how humans control their movements, how humans and machines interact, and develop better devices and controllers for machines assisting human locomotion.
His laboratory has developed a number of robotic lower limb exoskeletons to determine how assistance at the ankle, knee, and hip can reduce the energetic cost of locomotion, and might be used to assist gait rehabilitation after incomplete spinal cord injury. They have used the principles they have learned from robotic lower limb exoskeletons to develop a bionic lower limb prosthesis under proportional myoelectric control. More recently, Dr. Ferris and his group are pioneering the use of high-density electroencephalography (EEG) to perform mobile brain imaging with high temporal resolution. This last effort includes both new hardware and software innovations to facilitate removal of motion and muscle artifacts from EEG during walking and running.
Honors and Awards:
- Editor-In -Chief, IEEE Transactions on Neural Systems and Rehabilitation Engineering, 2018-2020
- Program Chair, American Society of Biomechanics Annual Meeting, 2019
- Fellow, American Institute for Medical and Biological Engineering (AIMBE), 2017
Peterson, S. M., & Ferris, D. P. (2019). Group-level cortical and muscular connectivity during perturbations to walking and standing balance. NeuroImage, 198, 93-103.
Ingraham, K. A., Ferris, D. P., & Remy, C. D. (2019). Evaluating physiological signal salience for estimating metabolic energy cost from wearable sensors. Journal of Applied Physiology, 126(3), 717-729.
Nordin, A. D., Hairston, W. D., & Ferris, D. P. (2019). Human electrocortical dynamics while stepping over obstacles. Scientific Reports, 9(1), 4693.
Koller, J. R., Remy, C. D., & Ferris, D. P. (2018). Biomechanics and energetics of walking in powered ankle exoskeletons using myoelectric control versus mechanically intrinsic control. Journal of Neuroengineering and Rehabilitation, 15(1), 42.
Voloshina, A. S., & Ferris, D. P. (2018). Design and Validation of an Instrumented Uneven Terrain Treadmill. Journal of Applied biomechanics, 34(3), 236-239.