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Eric Wolbrecht

Eric Wolbrecht, Ph.D., P.E.

Office: EP 324P
Phone: 208-885-0348
Email: ewolbrec@uidaho.edu
Mailing Address: 875 Perimeter Drive, MS 0902

Moscow, Idaho 83844-0902

College of Engineering
Mechanical Engineering
Associate Professor

Home Town: Portland, OR
Campus Locations: Moscow
With UI Since 2007

  • Research/Focus Areas
    • Robotics
    • Nonlinear and Adaptive Control
    • Control of Pneumatic Actuators
    • Motor Learning and Neurorehabilitation
    • State Estimation and Kalman Filtering
    • Autonomous Underwater Vehicles (AUVs) and Acoustic Navigation
  • Biography

    Eric T.Wolbrecht received the B.S. degree in mechanical engineering from Valparaiso University, Valparaiso, IN, in 1996, the M.S. degree in mechanical engineering from Oregon State University, Corvallis, in 1998, and the Ph.D. degree in mechanical and aerospace engineering from the University of California, Irvine, in 2007. He has worked as an engineer for John Deere and Yamaha.

  • Selected Publications
    • Taheri, H., Rowe, J. B., *Gardner, D., Chan, V., *Gray, K., *Bower, C., Reinkensmeyer, D. J., and Wolbrecht, E., “Design and Preliminary Evaluation of the FINGER Rehabilitation Robot: Controlling Challenge and Quantifying Finger Individuation during Guitar Hero Game play,” Journal of NeuroEngineering and Rehabilitation, Vol. 11, No. 10, 2014.
    • Wolbrecht, E., Anderson, M. J., and Edwards, Odell, D., Stringfield, Armstrong, B., J., Folk, A., Crosbie, B., Canning, J., and Bean, T., “Field Testing of Moving Short-Baseline Navigation for Autonomous Underwater Vehicles using Synchronized Acoustic Messaging,” The Journal of Field Robotics, Vol. 30, No. 4, pp. 519-535, 2013.
    • Walker, C., Stringfield, J. Wolbrecht, E., Anderson, M. J., Canning, J. R., Bean, T., Odell, D., Frenzel, F., and Edwards, D., “Measurement of the Magnetic Signature of a Moving Surface Vessel with Multiple Magnetometer Equipped AUVs,” Ocean Engineering, Vol. 64, pp. 80-87, 2013. 
    • Taheri, H., Rowe, J. B., *Gardner, D., Chan, V., Reinkensmeyer, D. J., Wolbrecht, E., “Robot-Assisted Guitar Hero for Finger Rehabilitation after Stroke,” in Proceedings of the International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society, San Diego, CA, USA, Aug. 28-Sept. 1, 2012.
    • Reinkensmeyer, D., Wolbrecht, E., Chan, V., Chou, C., Cramer, S., and Bobrow, J., “Comparison of 3D, Assist-as-Needed Robotic Arm/Hand Movement Training provided with Pneu-WREX to Conventional Table Top Therapy following Chronic Stroke,” The American Journal of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, Vol. 91, No. 11, pp. S232-S241, 2012.
    • Wolbrecht, E. and Wells, L., “Adaptive Pneumatic Control with Spool Deadband Compensation,” The International Journal of Fluid Power, Vol. 13, No. 3, pp. 27-40, 2012.
    • Folk, B. G., Wolbrecht, E. “An Accelerometer Configuration for Reference Frame Independent Linear State Estimation,” IEEE/ASME Transactions on Mechatronics, Vol. 16, No. 6, pp. 1129-1135, 2011.
    • Wolbrecht, E., Reinkensmeyer, D. J., Bobrow, J. E., “Pneumatic Control of Robots for Rehabilitation,” The International Journal of Robotics Research, Vol. 29, No. 1, pp. 23-38, 2010. 
    • Wolbrecht, E., Reinkensmeyer, D. J., Bobrow, J. E. “Optimizing Compliant, Model-Based Robotic Assistance to Promote Neurorehabilitation,” IEEE Transactions on Neural Systems and Rehabilitation Engineering (TNSRE), Vol. 16, No. 3, pp. 286-297, 2008

  • Research Projects
    • Determinants of the Effectiveness of Robot-Assisted Hand Movement Training
    • State Estimation for Navigation and Localization of Autonomous Underwater Vehicles
    • Evolving Central Pattern Generated Gaits for Tensegrity Robots
  • Awards and Honors
    • 2011 Best Paper Award for “Optimizing Compliant, Model-Based Robotic Assistance to Promote Neurorehabilitation” from the IEEE Transactions on Neural Systems and Rehabilitation Engineering journal.
    • Graduate Fellowship, 3rd International IEEE EMBS Conference on Neural Engineering. (May 2, 2007)
    • Department Fellowship, Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, UC Irvine. (September 1, 2006)
    • GAAN Fellowship, Department of Mechanical Engineering, UC Irvine. (September 1, 2003).

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