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.
Dr. Gailey is a 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.
Dr. Vibhor Agrawal, PhD
Dr. Agrawal Primary Appointment:
Department of Physical Therapy, Miller School of Medicine, University of Miami
Department of Biomedical Engineering, University of Miami.
Miami VA Medical Center
Dr. Ignacio Gaunaurd, PhD, MSPT
Dr. Gaunaurd received his BS in Dietetics and Nutrition from Florida International University in 2000. He graduated with an 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.
Dr. Kim received his B.S., M.S., and Ph.D. degrees from Hanyang University, Seoul, South 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). He is currently an Assistant Scientist with the Functional Outcomes Research and Evaluation (FORE) Center at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine, 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, and automating clinical assessments for at-home and field use applications. He is doing his best to develop wearable mobile technologies to prevent or reduce sports-related injuries in Miami Hurricane athletes. Go Canes!
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 Master’s degree, he worked on a research project developing a 3D Ground Penetrating Radar (GPR) system. He then spent several years working with an ophthalmic 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 entertainment industry before returning to the University of Miami to take his current position.
Anat Kristal is a PhD student at the Physical Therapy Department at Miller School of Medicine,
University of Miami. Mrs. Kristal acquired her bachelors and master’s degrees at Tel-Aviv University in
Israel. With over 18 years of experience in working in the area of amputee rehabilitation and prosthetics, she
is considered an expert in this field. She served as a lecturer at Tel-Aviv University in the Medical School
and Haifa University in the Physical Therapy Department. In collaboration with Sheba Medical Center, Mrs.
Kristal developed and managed the rehabilitation training modules for lower-limb amputees in Haiti
following the 2010 Earthquake. Her clinical experience includes working with and treating wounded
soldiers and veterans of the Israeli Defense Force. She additionally served as a consultant and therapist for
the Israeli Consulate to the US, assisting Israeli Defense Force veterans receiving care in the US. Recently,
she led the translation of the Amputee Mobility Predictor into Hebrew while additionally training and
disseminating its proper use to clinicians throughout Israel.
Graham Herceg, B.S.
Graham Herceg is a recent graduate of the University of Miami (2017), where he received a B.S. in Music Engineering with minors in Computer and Electrical Engineering. He joined the lab in May of 2016, and since graduating has worked full-time to help develop the iOS, Web, and Server codebases. Some of his largest efforts include an overhaul of the audio feedback system, and the entire development of an automated inventory to efficiently organize the lab’s equipment. He is also responsible for the redesign of our website.
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.
AJ Ortiz, M.S., 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.