Tariq Rahman, PhD

Center Director/Principal Research Scientist

Nemours Children's Hospital, Delaware 1600 Rockland Road Wilmington, DE 19803

Biography

I am a Principal Research Engineer and have over 30 years' experience in rehabilitation engineering, robotics, orthopedics and exoskeleton design and research. I have 10 patents and have successfully translated a product to industry (Upper extremity exoskeleton) that is currently being used clinically. In my current position as Director of the Center for Orthopedics Research and Development I run a multidisciplinary center involved in scholarly and applied biomedical engineering research. In this capacity I interact with people from various disciplines including medicine, engineering, and biology. I have worked with children with neuromuscular disabilities for more than 25 years. I have participated in projects related to tremor reduction, rehab robotics, biomedical sensors, orthotics and design and respiratory sensors. I have helped develop and test the patented PneuRIP respiratory sensor in children with various disabilities.

Medical/Dental School

  • MS - Drexel University, Mechanical Engineering, 1983
  • PhD - Drexel University, Mechanical Engineering, 1990
  • BSc (hons) - University of Central Lancashire, Mechanical Engineering, 1981

  • A Feasibility Study to Measure Protection Offered by a Coronavirus Disease 2019 Intubation Enclosure; Journal of Clinical Engineering; (2022).

  • Improved distribution of leg forces after fibular resection and synostosis; Journal of Experimental Orthopaedics; (2022).

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  • Spatial aerosol deposition correlated to anatomic feature development in 6-year-old upper airway computational models; Computers in Biology and Medicine; (2022).

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  • Automated assessment of thoracic-abdominal asynchrony in patients with morquio syndrome; Diagnostics; (2021).

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  • Comparative evaluation of one-handed versus two-handed mask holding techniques in children during inhalational induction of anesthesia: A randomized crossover study; Paediatric Anaesthesia; (2021).

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  • Home Use of An Upper Extremity Exoskeleton in Children with SMA: A Pilot Study; Open Journal of Occupational Therapy; (2021).

  • Machine learning for automatic identification of thoracoabdominal asynchrony in children; Pediatric Research; (2021).

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  • Quantification of Finger Laxity in Skeletal Dysplasia; Journal of Clinical Engineering; (2021).

  • A Case Study on Designing a Passive Feeding-Assistive Orthosis for Arthrogryposis; Journal of Medical Devices, Transactions of the ASME; (2020).

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  • A novel noninvasive approach for evaluating work of breathing indices in a developmental rat model using respiratory inductance plethysmography; Scientific Reports; (2020).

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  • Diagnostic differences in respiratory breathing patterns and work of breathing indices in children with Duchenne muscular dystrophy; PLoS ONE; (2020).

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  • Utilizing partnership flexibility and strengths: Key elements for driving 3d printed face-shield production during the covid-19 pandemic; Delaware Journal of Public Health; (2020).

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  • 2nd Workshop on upper-extremity assistive technology for people with Duchenne: Effectiveness and usability of arm supports Irvine, USA, 22nd-23rd January 2018; Neuromuscular Disorders; (2019).

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  • Age-related ranges of respiratory inductance plethysmography (RIP) reference values for infants and children; Paediatric Respiratory Reviews; (2019).

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  • Elbow flexion assist orthosis for arthrogryposis; IEEE International Conference on Rehabilitation Robotics; (2019).

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  • Development and Simulation of a Passive Upper Extremity Orthosis for Amyoplasia; Journal of Rehabilitation and Assistive Technology; (2018).

  • Measures of respiratory inductance plethysmography (RIP) in children with neuromuscular disease; Pediatric Pulmonology; (2018).

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  • pneuRIP™: A novel respiratory inductance plethysmography monitor; Journal of Medical Devices, Transactions of the ASME; (2017).

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  • Quantitative measures with WREX usage; IEEE International Conference on Rehabilitation Robotics; (2017).

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  • Feasibility and effectiveness of a novel exoskeleton for an infant with arm movement impairments; Pediatric Physical Therapy; (2016).

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  • Activity of daily living for Morquio A syndrome; Molecular Genetics and Metabolism; (2016).

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  • 1st Workshop on Upper-Extremity Assistive Technology for People with Duchenne: State of the art, emerging avenues, and challenges. April 27th 2015, London, United Kingdom.; Neuromuscular Disorders; (2016).

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  • User Evaluation of a Dynamic Arm Orthosis for People with Neuromuscular Disorders; IEEE Transactions on Neural Systems and Rehabilitation Engineering; (2016).

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  • Design and testing of a novel slot retractor for neonatal frenotomy; Journal of Clinical Engineering; (2016).

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  • Evaluating the mechanics of laryngoscopy: A review; Journal of Clinical Engineering; (2015).

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  • Electronic monitoring of orthopedic brace compliance; Journal of Children's Orthopaedics; (2015).

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  • Development and testing of a modular upper extremity exoskeleton for infants; BIODEVICES 2014 - 7th Int. Conference on Biomedical Electronics and Devices, Proceedings; Part of 7th International Joint Conference on Biomedical Engineering Systems and Technologies, BIOSTEC 2014; (2014).

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  • Quantifying anti-gravity torques for the design of a powered exoskeleton; IEEE Transactions on Neural Systems and Rehabilitation Engineering; (2013).

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  • Robotics, assistive technology, and occupational therapy management to improve upper limb function in pediatric neuromuscular diseases; Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation Clinics of North America; (2012).

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  • Quantifying anti-gravity torques in the design of a powered exoskeleton.; Conference proceedings : ... Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society. IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society. Conference; (2011).

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  • Quantifying anti-gravity torques in the design of a powered exoskeleton; Proceedings of the Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society, EMBS; (2011).

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  • Series elastic actuator control of a powered exoskeleton; Proceedings of the Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society, EMBS; (2011).

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  • Tracking manikin tracheal intubation using motion analysis; Pediatric Emergency Care; (2011).

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  • Using distraction forces to drive an autodistractor during limb lengthening; Medical Engineering and Physics; (2011).

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  • Wilmington robotic exoskeleton: A novel device to maintain arm improvement in muscular disease; Journal of Pediatric Orthopaedics; (2011).

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  • Development of a force-driven distractor for distraction osteogenesis; Journal of Medical Devices, Transactions of the ASME; (2011).

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  • Electronic monitoring of scoliosis brace wear compliance; Journal of Children's Orthopaedics; (2010).

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  • Dynamic simulation and experimental validation of an upper extremity powered orthosis; IEEE/ASME International Conference on Advanced Intelligent Mechatronics, AIM; (2010).

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  • Force feedback in limb lengthening; 2010 Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society, EMBC'10; (2010).

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  • Optimizing limb lengthening using an autodistractor and force measurement; 2008 Proceedings of the 9th Biennial Conference on Engineering Systems Design and Analysis; (2009).

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  • Arm-training with T-WREX after chronic stroke: Preliminary results of a randomized controlled trial; 2007 IEEE 10th International Conference on Rehabilitation Robotics, ICORR'07; (2007).

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  • Study of brace treatment compliance in patients with idiopathic scoliosis; Hokkaido Journal of Orthopaedics and Traumatology; (2007).

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  • Design and testing of a functional arm orthosis in patients with neuromuscular diseases; IEEE Transactions on Neural Systems and Rehabilitation Engineering; (2007).

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  • Automating arm movement training following severe stroke: Functional exercises with quantitative feedback in a gravity-reduced environment; IEEE Transactions on Neural Systems and Rehabilitation Engineering; (2006).

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  • Passive exoskeletons for assisting limb movement; Journal of Rehabilitation Research and Development; (2006).

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  • A pneumatic robot for re-training arm movement after stroke: Rationale and mechanical design; Proceedings of the 2005 IEEE 9th International Conference on Rehabilitation Robotics; (2005).

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  • The association between brace compliance and outcome for patients with idiopathic scoliosis; Journal of Pediatric Orthopaedics; (2005).

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  • Compliance monitoring of brace treatment for patients with idiopathic scoliosis; Spine; (2004).

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  • Monitoring functional arm movement for home-based therapy after stroke; Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology - Proceedings; (2004).

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  • Adaptations for controlled hand movements in Duchenne's muscular dystrophy; American Society of Mechanical Engineers, Bioengineering Division (Publication) BED; (2003).

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  • The association of backpack use and back pain in adolescents; Spine; (2003).

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  • Surface EMG and motor control of the upper extremity in muscular dystrophy: A pilot study; Proceedings of the IEEE Annual Northeast Bioengineering Conference, NEBEC; (2002).

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  • Surface EMG and motor control of the upper extremity in muscular dystrophy: A pilot study; Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology - Proceedings; (2001).

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  • Towards the control of a powered orthosis for people with muscular dystrophy; Proceedings of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers, Part H: Journal of Engineering in Medicine; (2001).

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  • Optimal digital filtering for tremor suppression; IEEE Transactions on Biomedical Engineering; (2000).

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  • Evaluation of an isometric and a position joystick in a target acquisition task for individuals with cerebral palsy; IEEE Transactions on Rehabilitation Engineering; (2000).

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  • Analysis of arm trajectories of everyday tasks for the development of an upper-limb orthosis; IEEE Transactions on Rehabilitation Engineering; (2000).

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  • Tremor suppression through impedance control; IEEE Transactions on Rehabilitation Engineering; (2000).

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  • A body-powered functional upper limb orthosis; Journal of Rehabilitation Research and Development; (2000).

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  • Classroom Evaluation of the Arlyn Arm Robotic Workstation; Assistive Technology; (2000).

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  • Evaluation of joysticks in cursor positioning task by individuals with cerebral palsy; Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology - Proceedings; (1999).

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  • Human-machine load sharing in rehabilitation robotics; Technology and Health Care; (1999).

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  • Evaluation of functional capabilities of people with muscular dystrophy as potential users of powered orthoses; American Society of Mechanical Engineers, Bioengineering Division (Publication) BED; (1999).

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  • A virtual headstick for people with spinal cord injuries; Robotica; (1998).

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  • Performance statistics of a head-operated force-reflecting rehabilitation robot system; IEEE Transactions on Rehabilitation Engineering; (1998).

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  • Quantitative Evaluation of an Isometric and a Position Joystick for Children with Cerebral Palsy; ASME International Mechanical Engineering Congress and Exposition, Proceedings (IMECE); (1998).

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  • Quantitative evaluation of an isometric and a position joystick for children with cerebral palsy; American Society of Mechanical Engineers, Bioengineering Division (Publication) BED; (1998).

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  • Adaptive teleoperation transparency based on impedance modeling; Proceedings of SPIE - The International Society for Optical Engineering; (1996).

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  • Calibration of closed loop controllers for setting impedances in force-reflecting systems; American Society of Mechanical Engineers, Dynamic Systems and Control Division (Publication) DSC; (1996).

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  • Task priorities and design for an arm orthosis; Technology and Disability; (1996).

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  • A Review of Design Issues in Rehabilitation Robotics with Reference to North American Research; IEEE Transactions on Rehabilitation Engineering; (1995).

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  • A simple technique to passively gravity-balance articulated mechanisms; Journal of Mechanical Design, Transactions of the ASME; (1995).

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  • Filtering involuntary motion of people with tremor disability using optimal equalization; Proceedings of the IEEE International Conference on Systems, Man and Cybernetics; (1995).

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  • Customized optimal filter for eliminating operator's tremor; Proceedings of SPIE - The International Society for Optical Engineering; (1995).

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  • Head-controlled assistive telerobot with extended physiological proprioception capability; Proceedings of SPIE - The International Society for Optical Engineering; (1995).

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  • Virtual head-stick rehabilitation robot system; Proceedings of the IEEE International Conference on Systems, Man and Cybernetics; (1995).

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  • Application of discrete-time adaptive impedance control to rehabilitation robot manipulators; Proceedings - IEEE International Conference on Robotics and Automation; (1994).

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  • Technique for robotic assisted transfer for people with motor difficulties; IEEE/RSJ/GI International Conference on Intelligent Robots and Systems; (1994).

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  • Bilateral control in teleoperation of a rehabilitation robot; Proceedings of SPIE - The International Society for Optical Engineering; (1993).

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  • [233] Design of a small compliant robot for children; Journal of Rehabilitation Research and Development; (1991).

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  • [234] Quantification of the effective manual dexterity skills of users of rehabilitation robotics systems; Journal of Rehabilitation Research and Development; (1991).

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  • [232] Task-oriented hybrid force/position control; Journal of Rehabilitation Research and Development; (1991).

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