Emeritus Faculty

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Scientist: David J. Reinkensmeyer, Ph.D

Dr. David J. Reinkensmeyer


Anatomy & Neurobiology

Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering

Biomedical Engineering

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Research Focus

Working to understand: Movement recovery after stroke, spinal cord injury, and cerebral palsy.

Scientific Focus: How to design robotics and information technology to promote use-dependent plasticity of the motor system following neurologic injury.


Selected Publications

The Resonating Arm Exerciser: design and pilot testing of a mechanically passive rehabilitation device that mimics robotic active assistance.
Zondervan DK, Palafox L, Hernandez J, Reinkensmeyer DJ.
J Neuroeng Rehabil. 2013 Apr 18;10:39.

Robot-assisted Guitar Hero for finger rehabilitation after stroke.
Taheri H, Rowe JB, Gardner D, Chan V, Reinkensmeyer DJ, Wolbrecht ET.
Conf Proc IEEE Eng Med Biol Soc. 2012;2012:3911-7.

Comparison of three-dimensional, assist-as-needed robotic arm/hand movement training provided with Pneu-WREX to conventional tabletop therapy after chronic stroke.
Reinkensmeyer DJ, Wolbrecht ET, Chan V, Chou C, Cramer SC, Bobrow JE.
Am J Phys Med Rehabil. 2012 Nov;91(11 Suppl 3):S232-41.

Technologies and combination therapies for enhancing movement training for people with a disability.
Reinkensmeyer DJ, Boninger ML.
J Neuroeng Rehabil. 2012 Mar 30;9:17. doi: 10.1186/1743-0003-9-17.

A computational model of use-dependent motor recovery following a stroke: optimizing corticospinal activations via reinforcement learning can explain residual capacity and other strength recovery dynamics.
Reinkensmeyer DJ, Guigon E, Maier MA.
Neural Netw. 2012 May;29-30:60-9.

A robotic wheelchair trainer: design overview and a feasibility study.
Marchal-Crespo L, Furumasu J, Reinkensmeyer DJ.
J Neuroeng Rehabil. 2010 Aug 13;7:40.

Comparison of error-amplification and haptic-guidance training techniques for learning of a timing-based motor task by healthy individuals.
Milot MH, Marchal-Crespo L, Green CS, Cramer SC, Reinkensmeyer DJ.
Exp Brain Res. 2010 Mar;201(2):119-31. Epub 2009 Sep 29.

A randomized controlled trial of gravity-supported, computer-enhanced arm exercise for individuals with severe hemiparesis.
Housman SJ, Scott KM, Reinkensmeyer DJ.
Neurorehabil Neural Repair. 2009 Jun;23(5):505-14. Epub 2009 Feb 23.

Can robots help the learning of skilled actions?
Reinkensmeyer DJ, Patton JL.

Exerc Sport Sci Rev. 2009 Jan;37(1):43-51. Review.

Motor adaptation as a greedy optimization of error and effort,
Emken JL, Benitez R, Sideris A, Bobrow JE, Reinkensmeyer DJ

Journal of Neurophysiology, 2007, 97(6):3997-4006.

Contact Information








3225 Engineering Gateway
Anatomy & Neurobiology
University of California, Irvine
Irvine, CA 92697-3975

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