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Helen Huang

Assistant Professor

Phone: 407-823-4843
Office: ENG I, Room 416
Website: Biomechanics, Rehabilitation and Interdisciplinary Neuroscience Lab

Office Hours: Mondays, 9:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.; Thursdays, 12-3 p.m. (VIRTUAL)

Helen J. Huang received her B.S. in materials science and engineering at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and her M.S. and Ph.D. in biomedical engineering at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. She worked at Michelin North America as a materials engineer prior to her graduate studies. She was a postdoctoral fellow on the University of Colorado NIH T32 Aging Grant, and an assistant research scientist in the Human Neuromechanics Laboratory directed by Daniel Ferris at the University of Michigan, prior to joining UCF in December 2015.

Huang directs the UCF Biomechanics, Rehabilitation, and Interdisciplinary Neuroscience Laboratory. Members of the BRaIN Lab team include students from biomedical engineering, mechanical engineering, electrical engineering, and biomedical sciences. The BRaIN team studies motor adaptation and neuromechanics of gait and locomotor tasks. Their research currently focuses on investigating brain dynamics underlying motor adaptation, gait, balance and interlimb coordination in young and older adults. The BRaIN team also works on developing robotic exercise devices for gait rehabilitation and fall interventions, and on developing new methods for recording and analyzing electroencephalography (EEG) and electromyography (EMG).

  • Biomechanics
  • Neuroengineering
  • Locomotion
  • Motor adaptation
  • Gait rehabilitation

  • Wang X, Li J, Song H, Huang H, and Gou J (2018) Highly Stretchable and Wearable Strain Sensor Based on Printable Carbon Nanotube Layers/Polydimethylsiloxane Composites with Adjustable Sensitivity. ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces. doi: 10.1021/acsami.7b17766
  • Banks CL, Huang HJ, Little VL, Patten C (2017) Electromyography Exposes Heterogeneity in Muscle Co-Contraction following Stroke. Frontiers in Neurology – Stroke. 2017;8. Article 699. doi: 10.3389/fneur.2017.00699
  • Shadmehr R, Huang HJ, Ahmed AA (2016). A Representation of Effort in Decision-Making and Motor Control. Current Biology. 26(14):1929-34. doi: 10.1016/j.cub.2016.05.065.
  • Kline JE, Huang HJ and Ferris DP (2016) Cortical spectral activity and connectivity during active and viewed arm and leg movement. Frontiers in Neuroscience. 10:91. doi: 10.3389/fnins.2016.00091.
  • Snyder KL, Kline JE, Huang HJ, and Ferris DP (2015). Independent component analysis of gait-related movement artifact recorded using EEG electrodes during treadmill walking. Frontiers in Human Neuroscience. 9:639. doi: 10.3389/fnhum.2015.00639. PubMed PMID: 26648858.
  • Kline JE, Huang HJ, Snyder KL, and Ferris DP (2015). Isolating gait-related movement artifacts in electroencephalography during human walking. Journal of Neural Engineering. 12(4):046022. doi: 10.1088/1741-2560/12/4/046022. PubMed PMID: 26083595.

  • Invited participant to the U.S. National Academy of Engineering China-America Frontiers of Engineering, 2019 
  • National Institutes of Health R01 for “Adaptation of Brain and Body Responses to Perturbations during Gait in Young and Older Adults,” principal investigator, 2017-2022
  • National Institutes of Health Training in Grantsmanship for Rehabilitation Research Fellow, 2017
  • UCF Office of Research and Commercialization In-House Research Award for “Brain Dynamics of Losses of Balance during Walking,” principal investigator, 2017

  • Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers, Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society member
  • American Society of Biomechanics member
  • Society for Neuroscience member