Researchers

CBennett

Dr. Christopher L. Bennett, Ph.D., M.S., B.S.E.E.

Dr. Bennett is a faculty member in the Music Engineering Technology program at the University of Miami Frost School of Music. In addition to teaching, he collaborates with faculty and students from the Departments of Physical Therapy and Biomedical Engineering on several inter-disciplinary research projects, investigating auditory biofeedback, rehabilitation engineering, and wireless kinematic data acquisition. He completed postdoctoral research at the UM Miller School of Medicine investigating audible medical alarms and operating room acoustics in simulated clinical settings to improve patient outcomes. An entrepreneur, he is a founding partner of Oygo Sound LLC, an audio development and consulting company with prominent clients in both music and medical fields. He is a member of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, Audio Engineering Society, IEEE and other notable associations and is published in such journals as the J. Acoustical Society of America, Anesthesia & Analgesia, and the J. Audio Engineering Society. Before his professional appointments he earned a Ph.D. in Biomedical Engineering, with a concentration in hearing science, a M.S. in Music Engineering Technology, and a B.S.E.E. in Audio Engineering.

 


 

GaileyDr. Robert Gailey, Ph.D., M.S.Ed., B.S.Ed.,

Dr. Gailey is professor in the Department of Physical Therapy, in the Miller School of Medicine. His primary research has included Amputee Rehabilitation, Recreational Activities for the Disabled, Biomechanics And Metabolic Cost Of Prosthetic Gait, and Functional Assessment And Athletic Pursuits Of The Amputee As Well As Other Athletes With Disabilities Across The Life Span. He became an American Academy of Orthotics and Prosthetics Honorary Member in 2011, and a Blatchford Lecturer ISPO, Newcastle, England in 2010. He has received numerous awards, including the Henry O. Florence & P. Kendall Practice Award. American Physical Therapy Association in 2009, Burgess Award, Amputee Coalition of America in 2003, America Academy of Orthotics and Prosthetics Thranhardt Lecture winner 2009, 2007, 2003, 2001, and International Society of Prosthetic and Orthotics Forcheimer Prize for Research 1995. Dr. Gailey’s education includes a BSEd Certificate in Physical Therapy from the University of Miami, MSEd Education from the University of Miami, and PhD Prosthetics and Orthotics from the University of Strathclyde, Scotland.

 


 

 

Pedro

Pedro Davila, M.S., B.S.

Mr. Davilla joined the Center for Computation Science as a systems administrator with the high performance computing core in May 2011.  In July of 2012 he began working with the FORE Center on the RELOAD and CHAMP  projects.  Prior to joining CCS, he was a systems administrator with UM’s IT Student Support Services. Pedro provides application development and database support for the FORE Center.  His responsibilities at CCS include HPC Operations Management, end-user support and systems administration.  He is responsible for all database systems and web programming for the HPC core.  Pedro obtained his BS and MS in Computer Science from the University of Miami in 2003 and 2005.

 


Vibhor

Dr. Vibhor Agrawal, PhD

Dr. Agrawal Primary Appointment:

Department of Physical Therapy, Miller School of Medicine, University of Miami

Secondary Appointment:

Department of Biomedical Engineering, University of Miami.

Miami VA Medical Center

 

 

 


IggyDr. Ignacio Gaunaurd, PhD, MSPT

Dr. Gaunaurd received his BS in Dietetics and Nutrition from Florida International University in 2000. He graduated with a MSPT from Florida International University in 2004. He has been working as a Research Physical Therapist at the Miami Veterans Affairs Healthcare System (VAHS) since 2005. He completed his PhD in 2012 from the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine, Department of Physical Therapy, with a specialization in Amputee Rehabilitation and Prosthetics. His dissertation work focused on the development of an outcome measure, called the Comprehensive High-level Activity Mobility Predictor (CHAMP), to determine readiness to return high-level activity such as sport and duty for our service members who have suffered lower limb loss in OEF/OIF. His dissertation work was published in a Single Topic Issue in the Journal of Rehabilitation Research and Development (November 2013).


Natasha Crowther, M.B.A. – Director, Finance

Ms. Crowther has worked for the University of Miami for over 11 years. She graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in Management and Communications at the University of Miami. In addition, she earned a Master’s degree in Business Administration at Nova Southeastern University. Ms. Crowther is responsible for the day-to-day management of all sponsor-related activities including research and program grants for the Department of Physical Therapy. This includes, responsible for all budget and strategic planning, pre and post award, quality assurance, human subject activities, fiscal management and coordination of research related meetings. In addition,  seeks funding opportunities in the areas of research, program, and scholarship grants. She also provides support to the F. O.R.E. Center faculty members and students.  

 


 

 


KJDr. Kyoung Jae Kim, Ph.D., M.S., B.S. – Postdoctoral Fellow

Dr. Kim received his B.S., M.S., and Ph.D. degrees from Hanyang University, Seoul, Republic of Korea, in 2005, 2007, and 2012, respectively, all in electronics and computer engineering. From 2012 to 2014, he was a postdoctoral fellow with the Center for Bionics at the Korea Institute of Science and Technology (KIST), Seoul, Republic of Korea. He is currently a postdoctoral fellow with the Functional Outcomes Research and Evaluation (FORE) Center at the University of Miami, Florida, USA. He has theoretical and technical expertise in the signal processing. He also has a background in biomedical and rehabilitation engineering, with specific training and expertise in key research areas for the FORE Center. His current research interests include motion profiling, pervasive gait analysis, high-speed human movement analysis for sports applications, fall risk prediction, and automating clinical assessments for at-home and field use applications.

 

 


 

 

DaveDavid A. Viggiano, M.S., B.S.

Mr. Viggiano is a research associate in the Department of Physical Therapy at the Miller School of Medicine. His primary role at the FORE Center is to serve as the lead architect for the suite of research-related software being developed in the lab, such as iOs apps as well as web and database services. David earned his BS at the University of Miami (2004) with a dual-major in Applied Physics and Mathematics, and his MS (2007) in Electrical and Computer Engineering. While earning his masters degree, he worked on a research project developing a 3D Ground Penetrating Radar (GPR) system. He then spent several years working with an opthalmic imaging company to acquire and analyze Optical Coherence Tomography (OCT) and Scanning Laser Ophthalmoscope (SLO) data of the human retina. Finally, he worked with a company developing schedule software for the media and entertaining industry before returning to the University of Miami to take his current position.

 


 

DSC07154Shijia Geng, M.S., B.S.

Ms. Geng is currently a Music Engineering graduate student at the University of Miami. She currently works at the FORE Center as a student research assistant. She has assisted with developing iOS Apps, designing listening tests, and implementing conceptual models into programming code for real-time applications. She is interested in the signal processing and artificial intelligence fields. She has earned a M.S. in Biomedical Engineering and a B.S. in Neuroscience from the University of Miami.

 

 


 

 

DSC07152Chris Rieger, B.M.

Mr. Rieger is a current graduate student in Music Engineering at the University of Miami (FL), where he assists in research and manages department seminars. His duties in the FORE Center involve additive manufacturing, data analysis, and grant writing. Prior to UM, Rieger earned a Bachelor of Music in Music Technology from Ball State University, where he studied classical piano, audio recording, music technology, and applied physics. His work experience includes internship positions at Interlochen Center for the Arts in Interlochen, MI and Dark Horse Recording in Franklin, TN.

 

 


DSC07200AJ Ortiz, B.S.

Mr. Ortiz is currently a second-year Music Engineering graduate student at the University of Miami. As a graduate research assistant most of his work is focused on firmware development for the MAPR sensor system. He previously attended University at Buffalo where he earned a B.S. in Electrical Engineering. His previous work includes research in subwavelength imaging techniques, characterization of Lévy flight paths in atomic vapors and embedded system software/firmware design for atmospheric trace gas sensing at Buffalo, Federal University of Paraíba and Princeton University respectively.


 

SAIConMikaela Shannon
Ms. Shannon is a junior undergraduate Music Engineering student, minoring in Electrical Engineering and Computer Engineering. She began working in the lab during in the summer of 2014, and she has worked on projects involving data analysis, programming, and, most recently, web design and development.