Expertise: Neuromechanics, motor control, neurorehabilitation and soft robotics
Dr. Derek Kamper is an Associate Professor in the Joint Department of Biomedical Engineering at North Carolina State University and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and Associate Director of the Closed-Loop Engineering for Advanced Rehabilitation core. He received an A.B. degree and a B.E. degree in electrical engineering from Dartmouth College and M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in biomedical engineering from Ohio State University. His research interests focus on the neuromechanics of the upper extremity and the restoration of upper extremity function following neurological injury. Studies of biomechanics and motor control are undertaken with the goal of identifying impairment mechanisms in individuals following neurological damage. Knowledge of these mechanisms guides the development of novel interventions, including virtual reality and soft exoskeletons. Dr. Kamper is an Associate Editor of the IEEE Transactions on Neural Systems and Rehabilitation Engineering.