Review Board Members

The Review Board is appointed by De Luca Foundation. The Review Board consists of five experts in the field of Electromyography, at least three of whom are not affiliated with De Luca Foundation.  The Chairperson is responsible for resolving issues of uncertainty and will only vote in case of a tie.

Paola ContessaAntonie J. (Ton) van den Bogert Jaap HarlaarBernard HudginsHelen Huang

Paola Contessa, Ph.D.

Research Scientist

Paola Contessa, Ph.D.Dr. Contessa is a Research Scientist at Delsys, Inc. She obtained a Ph.D. in Biomedical Engineering from the University of Padova (Italy) in 2010. Before joining Delsys, she worked at the NeuroMuscular Research Center of Boston University (USA) for over 8 years and held an appointment as Research Assistant Professor in the Department of Physical Therapy and Athletic Training of Sargent College of Boston University (USA). Her research includes EMG signal processing, motor unit decomposition, motor control, the analysis and simulation of motor unit firing behavior and muscle force generation strategies.

Antonie J. (Ton) van den Bogert, Ph.D.

Professor of Mechanical Engineering

Antonie J. (Ton) van den BogertAntonie (Ton) van den Bogert is Professor of Mechanical Engineering and the Parker-Hannifin Endowed Chair in Human Motion and Control. His current research interests are the dynamics and control of human motion, with applications in sports and rehabilitation.

Jaap Harlaar, Ph.D.


Jaap Harlaar

I was educated as an electrical engineer at the University of Twente (Enschede, the Netherlands) where specialized in biomedical engineering, with a focus on electroneurophysiological instrumentation, signal processing and computational simulations. My professional career started at the department of rehabilitation medicine of the VU University Medical Center, where I designed, developed and evaluated several instruments for the assessment of motor function to assist clinical decision making. That was at the dawn of desktop computers. In the nineties I build a laboratory for clinical movement analysis based on multimedia technology, and obtained a PhD at the VU University in 1998. After 2000 I also became lecturer at the department of human movement sciences, and in 2012 I became full professor at VUmc with a chair in clinical movement analysis. My professional activities (research, education, technology development related to biomechanics of human movement)) have always been characterized by an intense collaboration with clinicians. Until 2012 mainly in the area of neurorehabilitation, especially paediatric physiatrists regarding gait in children with cerebral palsy, with some focus on orthotics. More recently I started a research program on the biomechanics of gait knee osteoarthritis. In 2017 I handed over the management of the movement laboratories of the VUmc Rehabilitation Department, i.e an overground gaitlab, a Virtual Reality gaitlab, am exercise physiology lab and a neuromuscular lab.

I served at the board of ESMAC (European Society of Clinical Movement Analysis), now being immediate past president and organized the first joint ESMAC-GCMAS meeting in 2006 in Amsterdam, which still is the largest international congress on clinical movement analysis . I am also co-founder and past president of SMALLL (Dutch chapter of ESMAC). I was a very active ISPO member (International Society of Prosthetics and Orthotics). being member of the board of ISPO Netherlands, including 4 years of presidency, and member of ISPO International Scientific Committee for many years, holding the scientific chair of ISPO 2015 in Lyon. I have a large network with many national and international research collaborations, including participation in the EU networks MD-Paedigree (on gait in CP) , CMAster (on education in clinical movement analysis) and KneeMo (on gait in knee osteoarthritis).

Since 2017 I mainly work at Delft University of Technology, at the department of biomechanical engineering, where I hold a chair in clinical biomechatronics, and serve as director of the educational program technical medicine. Both activities are in strong collaboration with Leiden University Medical Center and Erasmus Medical Center Rotterdam.

Bernard Hudgins Ph.D., PEng

Professor (ret.)

Dr. Bernard Hudgins

Dr. Hudgins received his PhD from the University of New Brunswick (UNB) and has been involved in rehabilitation engineering research for over 40 years. He is a retired professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering at UNB and was the Director of the Institute of Biomedical Engineering (IBME) at UNB for 13 years. He has remained an Honorary Research Professor at IBME since his retirement in 2013. His primary research focus is in the development of advanced control schemes for myoelectrically-controlled artificial limbs. His work on EMG pattern recognition-based control is the basis of many commercially available multifunction control systems. He spent many years as a member of the Advisory Committee of IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society and served on the Executive Committee as Vice President of Publications. He served for over a decade as a member of the NIH Biomedical Engineering review panel. He is an active member of IEEE EMBS and ISEK.

He (Helen) Huang, Ph.D.


Dr. He (Helen) Huang Dr. He (Helen) Huang received her Ph.D. in bioengineering from Arizona State University and her post-doctoral training in the Center for Bionic Medicine (previously Neural Engineering Center for Artificial Limbs) at the Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago/Northwestern University. She is a Professor of Biomedical Engineering in the Joint Department of Biomedical Engineering at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (UNC) and North Carolina State University (NCSU) and the Director of the NCSU/UNC Closed-Loop Engineering for Advanced Rehabilitation (CLEAR) Core. Dr. Huang’s research interest lies in neural-machine interfaces for prostheses and exoskeletons, human-robot interaction, adaptive and optimal control of wearable robots, and human movement control. She pioneered EMG-based neural interface for robotic prosthetic legs. This work has won her the Delsys Prize in 2008. Her lab also invented novel control for multifunctional prosthetic arms based on EMG-driven musculoskeletal models. Her research has been sponsored by NSF, DOD, NIH, DARPA, and NIDILRR (previously NIDRR). She was also a recipient of the Mary E. Switzer Fellowship with NIDILRR (previously NIDRR) and a NSF CAREER Award and was named NC State faculty scholar in 2015. She is a senior member of IEEE and a member of the Society for Neuroscience and Biomedical Engineering Society.

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