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Richard Weir, PhD

Research Associate Professor - Bioengineering

Contact Information

Office: Bioscience 2, Suite 100 - Anschutz Medical Campus
Telephone: 303-724-0754

Curriculum Vitae: Download (pdf)​

Research Focus

Neural Engineering, Biomechatronics, and Rehabilitation

My research covers all aspects of the mechatronic design and control of artificial hand/arm replacements ranging from mechatronic design and development, novel actuator technologies, development of neural control human-machine interfaces and clinical deployment of these systems. Current projects include a number of artificial hand design projects. For control of these devices we are developing a multichannel/multifunction prosthetic hand/arm controller systems based on implantable myoelectric sensors (IMES).

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  • Dexterous Manipulation for persons with arm amputations
  • Ultrasound image processing for insertion of Implantable Myoelectric Sensors
  • Development of an appropriate prosthesis sensory feedback interface
  • Underactuated Multifunctional Prosthesis Control using Principal Component Analysis
  1. Muscle synergies as a predictive framework for the EMG patterns of new hand postures. Ajiboye AB, Weir RF. J Neural Eng. 2009 Jun;6(3):036004. Epub 2009 May 12.
  2. Implantable myoelectric sensors (IMESs) for intramuscular electromyogram recording. Weir RF, Troyk PR, DeMichele GA, Kerns DA, Schorsch JF, Maas H. IEEE Trans Biomed Eng. 2009 Jan;56(1):159-71.
  3. Decoding individuated finger flexions with Implantable MyoElectric Sensors. Baker JJ, Yatsenko D, Schorsch JF, DeMichele GA, Troyk PR, Hutchinson DT, Weir RF, Clark G, Greger B. Conf Proc IEEE Eng Med Biol Soc. 2008;2008:193-6.
  4. Control of a six degree of freedom prosthetic arm after targeted muscle reinnervation surgery. Miller LA, Lipschutz RD, Stubblefield KA, Lock BA, Huang H, Williams TW 3rd, Weir RF, Kuiken TA. Arch Phys Med Rehabil. 2008 Nov;89(11):2057-65.
  5. A comparison of the effects of electrode implantation and targeting on pattern classification accuracy for prosthesis control. Farrell TR, Weir RF. IEEE Trans Biomed Eng. 2008 Sep;55(9):2198-211.

Northwestern University. Post-Doctoral Research Fellow. 1995-1996. Orthopaedic Surgery.
Northwestern University. PhD. 1995. Biomedical Engineering.
Northwestern University. MS. 1989. Biomedical Engineering.
Trinity College, Dublin. BAI. 1984. Microelect./Elec. Eng.
Trinity College, Dublin. BA. 1983. Mathematics.