Jose Luis Contreras-Vidal
Dr. Jose Luis Contreras-Vidal
Office Location: W310 Engineering Building 1
Phone: 713-743-4429 | Fax: 713-743-4444
Email: jlcontreras-vidal [at] uh [dot] edu


Engineer's Degree in Electronics & Communications, Monterrey Institute of Technology (ITESM), Monterrey, Mexico
M.S. in Electrical Engineering, University of Colorado at Boulder, Boulder, CO
Ph.D. in Cognitive and Neural Systems, Boston University, Boston, MA
Postdoctoral Fellow in Computational Motor Neuroscience, Arizona State University, Tempe, AZ
Human Frontiers Science Postdoctoral Fellow, University of Fribourg, Switzerland, Fribourg, Switzerland

Professional Experience: 

University of Maryland-College Park; Assistant (1999) and Associate (2005) Professor, 1999-2011


ECE 5397/ECE 6397 Robotics in Healthcare
ECE 6397 Brain-Machine Interface Systems

Awards & Honors: 

Research and Development Award, School of Public Health, University of Maryland, 2011
President, International Graphonomics Society, 2013-2015
National Science Foundation Review Panel (Ad-hoc)
NIH 2011/10 ZRG1 BBBP-V (10) B: Small Business: Biobehavioral and Behavioral Processes across the Lifespan Study Section
NIH MFSR: Motor function, Speech and Rehabilitation Study section, 2006-2010
Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineering (IEEE), Senior Member , 2008
Senior Research Scholar, City of Paris, France

Editorial Boards: 

Computers in Biology and Medicine (Editorial Board Member)
Neural Networks (Action Editor)
Frontiers in Neuroprosthetics (Review Editor)
International Journal of Mobile Human Computer Interaction (Editorial Review Board)
Human Movement Science (Guest Editor), 2012 Special Issue on Neuroscience of Fine Motor Control Across the Lifespan

Research Interests: 

Reverse engineering the brain

Innovating rehabilitation robotics

Utilizing neural interfaces as tools for reverse-translational studies of brain plasticity and brain-machine interaction/confluence

Neuroprosthetics and powered wearable exoskeletons

Funded Research: 

Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institutes of Child Health & Human Development, Program Grant P01 HD064653-01; Functions and Development of the Mirror Neuron System. PIs: Amanda Woodward (U. Chicago), Nathan Fox (U. Maryland), Jose L. Contreras-Vidal (U. Houston), Pier Ferrara (U. Parma, Italy); 9/10/10 - 6/30/2015 ($6,011,677).
National Science Foundation HCC/IIS-1064703; HCC: Medium: Collaborative Research: Improved Control and Sensory Feedback for Neuroprosthetics. PIs: Jose L. Contreras-Vidal (U. Houston), Brent Gillespie (U. Michigan), Marcie O’Malley (Rice U.) and Patricia Shewokis (Drexel U.); 07/11-06/14 ($1.2M).
National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke (NINDS) R01NS075889-01; Noninvasive neural decoding of walking PI: Contreras-Vidal; 07/2011-06/2015 ($1,332,380.00).
VA Merit Award 1RXDD0592-01; Developing a brain-machine interface for an ankle robot; PIs: Contreras-Vidal (U. Houston); Larry Forrester (U. Maryland School of Medicine & VA-Baltimore); 07/01/2011-06-30-2013; ($190,020).
National Institute on Aging (AG); PES-5 (Pilot subproject in P30 AG028747-06); A High-Density Electroencephalography (EEG) Neural Decoding Study of Dynamical Cortical Mapping of Gait in Humans After Stroke; PI: Contreras-Vidal (U. Houston; Co-PI: Forrester (U. Maryland School of Medicine & VA-Baltimore); (P30 PI: Goldberg; U. Maryland School of Medicine); 10/1/2011-9/30/2013; ($38,000/year)
National Institute on Neurological Disorders and Stroke (NINDS); National Robotics Initiative: Brain-Machine Interface Control of a Therapeutic Exoskeleton; PIs: Contreras-Vidal (UH), Marcie O'Malley (Rice) and Gerard Francisco (TIRR); 8/1/-2012-6/30/2016; ($1,173,601)
University of Maryland ADVANCE Program; "Your Brain on Dance" ; PIs: Karen Kohn Bradley (UMD) and Jose L Contreras-Vidal (UH); 5/1/2012 - 4/30/2013; ($20,000)
National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke, R13 NS082045-01 PI: CONTRERAS-VIDAL, JOSE; 2013 International workshop on Clinical Brain-Neural Machine Interfaces to be held at The Methodist Hospital Research Institute on Feb 24-27, 2013, ($20,000)
National Science Foundation, IIS-1313620; 2013 International Workshop on Clinical Brain-Neural Machine Interface Systems to be held at The Methodist Hospital Research Institute on Feb 24-27, 2013, ($18,152)
National Science Foundation, IIS-1302339; HCC: Medium: Collaborative Research: Neural Control of Powered Artificial Legs, in collaboration with Helen Huang; June 15, 2013- May 31, 2017 ($1.2M)
Mission Connect - A TIRR Foundation; ($100,000). Gift to acquire a Rehab Rex robotic exoskeleton for brain-machine interface research.

Selected Publications: 

Bradberry TJ, Rong F. Contreras-Vidal JL (2009). Decoding center-out hand velocity from MEG signals during visuomotor adaptation. Neuroimage, 47(4): 1691-700.

Bradberry TJ, Gentili RJ, Contreras-Vidal JL (2010). Reconstructing three-dimensional hand movements from non-invasive electroencephalographic signals. Journal of Neuroscience. 30(9): 3432-7.

Swett BA, Contreras-Vidal JL, Birn R, Braun A. (2010). Neural substrates of graphomotor sequence learning: a combined fMRI and kinematic study. Journal of Neurophysiology. 103(6): 3366-77.

Rietschel JC, Goodman RN, King BR, Lo LC, Contreras-Vidal JL, Hatfield BD. (2011). Cerebral cortical dynamics and the quality of motor behavior during social evaluative challenge. Psychophysiology. 48(4): 479-87.

Venkatakrishnan A, Banquet JP, Burnod Y, Contreras-Vidal JL (2011) Parkinson's disease differentially affects adaptation to gradual as compared to sudden visuomotor distortions. Human Movement Science, 30(4): 760-9. PMID: 21414678.

Rong F, Holroyd T, Husain FT, Contreras-Vidal JL, Horwitz B (2011). Task-specific modulation of human auditory evoked responses in a delayed-match-to-sample task. Front. Psychology, 2:85. doi: 10.3389/fpsyg.2011.00085, PMID: 21687454.

Gentili RJ, Bradberry TJ, Oh H, Hatfield BD, Contreras Vidal JL. (2011). Cerebral cortical dynamics during visuomotor transformation: Adaptation to a cognitive-motor executive challenge. Psychophysiology. 48(6): 813-24.

King BR, Kagerer FA, Harring JR, Contreras-Vidal JL, Clark, JE (2011). Multisensory adaptation of spatial-to-motor transformations in children with Developmental Coordination Disorder. Experimental Brain Research. 212(2): 257-65.

Presacco A, Goodman R, Forrester L, and Contreras-Vidal JL (2011). Neural decoding of walking from non-invasive, high-density electroencephalographic (EEG) signals. Journal of Neurophysiology, 106(4):1875-87, PMID: 21768121.

Bradberry TJ, Verhagen Metman L, Contreras-Vidal JL, van den Munckhof P, Hosey LA, Thompson JLW, Schulz GM, Lenz F, Pahwa R, Lyons KE, Braun AR. (2011) Common and unique responses to dopamine agonist therapy and deep brain stimulation in Parkinson’s disease: an H2150 PET study. Brain Stimulation, in press.

Contreras-Vidal JL, Presacco A, Agashe H, Paek A. (2012). Restoration of whole body movement: toward a noninvasive brain-machine interface system. IEEE Pulse. 2012 Jan; 3(1):34-7.

Presacco A, Forrester LW, Contreras-Vidal JL. (2012). Decoding lower-limb intra and inter-limb coordination during treadmill walking from scalp EEG signals. IEEE Transactions on Neural Systems and Rehabilitation Engineering, vol. 20 (2):212-9.

King BR, Oliveira MA, Contreras-Vidal JL, Clark JE. (2012) Development of state estimation explains improvements in sensorimotor performance across childhood. J Neurophysiol. 107(11):3040-9.

Bulea, T.C., Kilicarslan, A., Ozdemir, R., Paloski, W.H., Contreras-Vidal, J.L. (2013). Simultaneous Scalp Electroencephalography (EEG), Electromyography (EMG), and Whole-Body Segmental Inertial Recording for Multi-Modal Neural Decoding. J. Vis. Exp. (), e50602, doi:10.3791/50602 (2013).


Der Spiegel, Science (Wissenschaft) section (May 2013, p. 136-137, issue 22), http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HevTenRDgG4&feature=youtu.be

UNIVISION; Tecnologia que cambia la vida (December 22, 2012)

National Public Radio, NPR: I, Robot: Paraplegics get an assist (November 14, 2012)

National Institute of Biomedical Imaging and Bioengineering, NIH announces national robotics initiative awardees: Brain Machine Interface (BMI) Control of a Therapeutic Robotic Exoskeleton (September 17, 2012)

The Economist, Bionics 1, A Mind to Walk Again: A trial of thought-controlled robotics legs is taking its first steps (May 19, 2012)

National Science Foundation’s Discoveries Section (July 27, 2011) Discovery: Technology May Soon Turn Thoughts Into Action

The Wall Street Journal, Harnessing Brain Power to Move Stuff (August 2, 2011)

Futurity, Brain cap morphs thought into motion (July 28, 2011)

The Economist, Advances in brain-to-machine connections (March 11, 2010)

Science’s career profile on Engineering Solutions to Biomedical Problems (December 12, 2010)

NPR's Science Friday, From thought to movement (March 5, 2010)

Wire Science, 3D hand movements reconstructed using brain signals (March 8, 2010)

Science 2.0, 3-D hand motions inspire portable prosthetic devices (March 2, 2010)

Society for Neuroscience, Researchers reconstruct 3D hand movement using brain signals (March 2, 2010)