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Dr X.L. Hu
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Dr X.L. Hu

Associate Professor

Facilitates stroke rehabilitation with neural engineering

Biography

Dr Hu Xiaoling received her PhD in Electronic Engineering from The Chinese University of Hong Kong. Since graduation, she has been devoting herself in the area of Biomedical Engineering at PolyU. Currently, she is an Associate Professor in Dept of Biomedical Engineering. Dr. Hu invented several hybrid robots for stroke rehablitation, e.g., neuromuscular electrical stimulation (NMES) and robot hybrid exoskeletons and mobile exo-neuro-musculo-skeletons. The core patents of the inventions have been licensed out to companies for further commercialization. Dr. Hu serves as a reviewer of journals, including Annuals of Biomedical Engineering, Biomedical Signal Processing and Control, Clinical Biomechanics, Journal of NeuroEngineering and Rehabilitation, Journal of Applied Biomechanics, Sports Medicine, Arthroscopy, Rehabilitation, Therapy & Technology, and Current Medical Imaging Reviews. She is also an associate editor for Journal of NeuroEngineering and Rehabilitation and IEEE Transactions on Neural Systems and Rehabilitation Engineering. Dr. Hu has served as a committee member of IEEE Engineering, Medicine, and Biology Society (EMBS), Hong Kong and Macau Joint Chapter since 2008. She was the programme officer of the Chapter in 2008 and 2009, the secretary in 2010 and 2011, and was the vice chair from 2017 to 2019. 

Research Interests

  • Neural Engineering
  • Multi-module Robotic System
  • Biomechatronic Engineering
  • Bio-Signal Processing
  • Stroke Rehabilitation
  • Sports Medicine
  • Wearable Technology
  • Quantitative Measurement for Diagnosis and Evaluation

Academic and Professional Experiences

    • Panel Member: Assessment Panel (AP) of the “Innovation and Technology Fund for Application in Elderly and Rehabilitation Care” (I&T Fund), Social Welfare Department, The Government of the Hong Kong SAR, Nov 2019 – current
    • Committee Member, Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) Engineering, Medicine, and Biology Society (EMBS), Hong Kong and Macau Joint Chapter, Jan 2020 – current
    • Vice Chair, IEEE EMBS Hong Kong and Macau Joint Chapter, Jan 2017 – Dec 2019
    • Committee Member, IEEE EMBS Hong Kong and Macau Joint Chapter, Jan 2012 – Dec 2016

Research Output

  1. Associate EditorJan 2020 – Present, Journal of NeuroEngineering and Rehabilitation
  2. Lead guest editor, Automations in Long-term Neurorehabilitation, Frontiers in Neurology & Frontiers in Neurorobotics, https://www.frontiersin.org/research-topics/14876/automations-in-long-term-neurorehabilitation 2020
  3. The Editor, Intelligent Biomechatronics in Neurorehabilitation, Elsevier, U.K., ISBN: 9780128149423. 2019
  4. Lead Guest Editor, Special Issue of ‘Neural Engineering for Rehabilitation' in Behavioural Neurology. 2017
  5. Lead Guest Editor, Special Issue of ‘Neural Computation for Rehabilitation’ in BioMed Research International. 2014
  1. Y.H. Huang, J. Jiao, J.Y. Hu, C.C. Hsing, Z.Q. Lia, Y. Yang, X.L. Hu.*, Measurement of sensory deficiency in fine touch after stroke during textile fabric stimulation by electroencephalography (EEG), Journal of Neural Engineering, doi: 10.1088/1741-2552/aba160, 2020.
  2. Z.Q. Guo, Q.Y. Qian, K.F. Wong, H.L. Zhu, Y.H. Huang, X.L. Hu*, Y.P. Zheng, Altered Corticomuscular Coherence (CMCoh) Pattern in the Upper Limb During Finger Movements After Stroke, Front Neurol. doi: 10.3389/fneur.2020.00410, 2020.
  3. Y.H. Huang, C.Y. Nam, W.M. Li, W. Rong, Y.N. Xie, Y.C. Liu, Q.Y. Qian, X.L. Hu*, A comparison of the rehabilitation effectiveness of neuromuscular electrical stimulation robotic hand training and pure robotic hand training after stroke: A randomized controlled trial, Biomedical Signal Processing and Control, doi: 10.1016/j.bspc.2019.101723 , 2020
  4. Q.Y. Qian, C.Y. Nam, Z.Q. Guo, Y.H. Huang, X.L. Hu*, S. Ng, Y.P. Zheng, W.S. Poon, Distal versus proximal – an investigation on different supportive strategies by robots for upper limb rehabilitation after stroke: a randomized controlled trial, Journal of Neuroengineering and Rehabilitation, doi: 10.1186/s12984-019-0537-5, 2019.
  5. Y.H. Huang, W.P. Lai, Q.Y. Qian, X.L. Hu*, W.C. Tam, Y.P. Zheng, Translation of robot-assisted rehabilitation to clinical service: a comparison of the rehabilitation effectiveness of EMG-driven robot hand assisted upper limb training in practical clinical service and in clinical trial with laboratory configuration for chronic stroke, BioMed Eng OnLine, doi: 10.1186/s12938-018-0516-2, 2018.
  6. C.Y. Nam, W. Rong, W.M. Li, Y.N. XieX.L. Hu*, Y.P. Zheng, The Effects of Upper-Limb Training Assisted with an Electromyography-Driven Neuromuscular Electrical Stimulation Robotic Hand on Chronic Stroke. Front Neurol. doi: 10.3389/fneur.2017.00679. 2017.
  7. Q.Y. Qian, X.L. Hu*, Q. Lai, S.C. Ng, Y.P. Zheng, W.S. Poon, Early Stroke Rehabilitation of the Upper Limb Assisted with an Electromyography-Driven Neuromuscular Electrical Stimulation-Robotic Arm, Frontiers in Neurology, 2017, doi:10.3389/fneur.2017.00447.
  8. W. Rong; W.M. Li; M. Pang; J.Y. Hu; X.J. Wei; B.B. Yang; H.W. Wai; X.X. Zheng; X.L. Hu*, A Neuromuscular Electrical Stimulation (NMES) and Robot Hybrid System for Multi-joint Coordinated Upper limb Rehabilitation after Stroke, Journal of NeuroEngineering and Rehabilitation, 2017, 10.1186/s12984-017-0245-y.
  9. X.L. Hu*, Y.W. Wang, T. Zhao, A. Gunduz, ‘Neural Coding for Effective Rehabilitation’, BioMed Research International, 2015, doi: 10.1155/2014/286505.
  10. X.L. Hu, K.Y. Tong, S.K. Ho, J.J. Xue, W. Rong, L.S.W. Li, Wrist Rehabilitation Assisted by an Electromyography (EMG)-driven Neuromuscular Electrical Stimulation (NMES)-robot after Stroke, Neurorehabilitation and Neural Repair, 2014, doi:10.1177/1545968314565510.
  1. Q.Y. Qian, C.Y. Nam, W. Rong, W.M. Li, Z.Q. Guo, Y.H. Huang, X.L. Hu*, Y.P. Zheng, W.S. Poon, Robotic and Neuromuscular Electrical Stimulation (NMES) Hybrid System, in Intelligent Biomechatronics in Neurorehabilitation, edited by X.L. Hu, Elsevier, U.K. ISBN: 9780128149423, 2019.
  2. Y.H. Huang, W.P. Lai, Q.Y. Qian, X.L. Hu, E.W.C. Tam, Y.P. Zheng, Translation of robot-assisted rehabilitation to clinical service in upper limb rehabilitation, in Intelligent Biomechatronics in Neurorehabilitation, edited by X.L. Hu, Elsevier, U.K. ISBN: 9780128149423, 2019.
  3. X.L. Hu, K.Y. Tong, R. Li, M. Chen, J.J. Xue, S.K. Ho, P.N. Chen, Chapter 8: Combined Functional Electrical Stimulation (FES) and Robotic System Driven by User Intention for Post-Stroke WrÍst Rehabilitation, in Biomechatronics in Medicine and Health Care, Pan Stanford Publishing, Singapore, 2011.
  4. X. L. Hu, R. Song, X. J. Zheng, W. W. F. Leung, S. Ng, S. S. Y. Au-Yeung, K. Y. Tong, Chapter 5:‘A Novel continuous Intention-Driven Rehabilitation Robot and Its Training Effectiveness’, in Biomechatronics in Medicine and Health Care, Pan Stanford Publishing, Singapore, 2011.
  5. Hu XL, Tong KY, Li R, Chen M, Xue JJ, Ho SK, Chen PN, Chapter 43: Combined Functional Electrical Stimulation (FES) and Robotic System for Wrist Rehabiliation after Stroke, 2010 vol 8, ppl176-I80, in Annual Review of CyberTherapy and Telemedicine, edited by B.K. Wiederhold, G. Riva, and S. Kim, IOS Press, The Netherlands.
  6. S.K. Ho, K.Y. Tong, M. Chen, H.F. Zhou, P. Pang, X.L. Hu, D.T.W. Ng, ‘Hand Rehabilitation Robot using Electromyography (EMG)’, in Biomechatronics in Medicine and Health Care, Pan Stanford Publishing, Singapore, 2011.
  7. W. D. Chen, J. H. Dai, Y. W. Wang, S.M. Zhang, N.G. Zhang, X. X. Zheng, X. L. Hu,‘Neuromic Interface- Implanted Brain Machine Interfaces in Rats’, in OMICS: Biomedical perspectives and Applications, CRC Press, USA, 2011.
  8. K. Y. Tong and X. L. Hu, ‘Service Robotics: Robot-Assisted Training for Stroke Rehabilitation’, in Service Robotics, I-Tech Education and Publishing, Vienna, Austria, 2008.
  1. ‘Mobile Exo-neuro-musculo-skeleton for Upper Limb Rehabilitation after Stroke’ IAS Workshop on Neural Engineering and Rehabilitation, Hong Kong, 2019
  2. ‘Voluntary Intention Driven Exo-neuro-musculo-skeleton for Mobile Rehabilitation after Stroke’, NSFC-RGC Mainland China and Hongkong Young Scholars Forum on Flexible Electronics and Digital Healthcare, 2018.
  3. ‘Mobile Exo-neuro-musculo-skeleton’, InnoCarnival 2018, Hong Kong.
  4. ‘Intelligent Rehabilitation Robots for Stroke Rehabilitation’, Youth Forum of the Biomedical Engineering Society of China, Tianjin, 2018.
  5. ‘Voluntary Intention Driven Neuromuscular Electrical Stimulation (NMES) and Robot Hybrid Systems in Upper Limb Rehabilitation’, BIT’s 9th World Gene Convention 2018, Singapore, 2018.
  6. 'Intelligent Rehabilitation Robots for Stroke Rehabilitation', the 158th West Lake Forum on Neural Interface for Rehabilitation Engineering, Hangzhou, China, 2017
  7. 'Voluntary Intention Driven Rehabilitation Robotics for Stroke Rehabilitation', The 2nd International Conference of BCI: Science and Practice, Samara, Russia, 2016.
  8. 'Rehabilitation Sleeve -A Functional Electrical Stimulation (FES) and Robotic Hybrid System for Stroke Rehabilitation', in APAC Innovation Summit 15, 2015, Hong Kong.
  9. ‘Intelligent Robotics for Stroke Rehabilitation’, in Macau BME Forum 2014, Macau.
  10. ‘Virtual Reality Cognitive and Instrument-Assisted Stroke Rehabilitation’, in 15th Annual Cybertherapy & Cyberpsychology Conference, 2010, Korea.

ESTEEM MEASURES

AWARDS RECEIVED BY SUPERVISED STUDENTS (Chief Supervisor)

  1. Wong, Jiancong, Ekon Medical Limitedwinner of PolyU Micro Fund, 2015
  2. Removable Intelligent Direction Differentiation System For White Cane, winner of the “Merit Award” at the 10th International Convention on Rehabilitation Engineering and Assistive Technology (i-CREATe 2016), 25-28 July 2016, Thailand.
  3. Qiuyang Qian, Second Prize Winner, Student Paper Competition, IEEE EMB Hong Kong and Macau Joint Chapter, 2015
  4. Yanhuan Huang, Second Prize Winner (postgraduate session), Student Paper Competition, IEEE EMB Hong Kong and Macau Joint Chapter, 2016.
  5. Chingyi Nam, First Prize Winner (undergraduate session), Student Paper Competition, IEEE EMB Hong Kong and Macau Joint Chapter, 2016.
  6. Qiuyang Qian, Third Award, Student Paper Competition, the 11th IEEE-EMBS International Summer School and Symposium on Medical Devices and Biosensors (MDSS 2017), 2017
  7. Qiuyang Qian, Best Paper Award, Young Investigator Paper Competition, the 8th WACBE World Congress on Bioengineering, 2017
  8. Ziqi Guo, Third Prize Winner (postgraduate session), Student Paper Competition, IEEE EMB Hong Kong and Macau Joint Chapter, 2018
  9. Ziqi Guo, 2nd Runner-up, Hong Kong Medical and Healthcare Device Industries Association Student Research Award 2017, Dec
  10. Chingyi Nam, 1st Prize Award, First Prize Winner (postgraduate session), Student Paper Competition, IEEE EMB Hong Kong and Macau Joint Chapter, 2019.

RESEARCH AWARDS OF THE TEAM

  1. Grand Prize, Gold Medal and Special Merit Award, Mobile Exo-neuro-musculo-skeleton for Upper Limb Rehabilitation after Stroke, 47th International Exhibition of Inventions of Geneva, 2019.
  2. 2nd Runner-up of Most Favorite PolyU Research News of 2018, Mobile Exoneuromusculoskeleton for stroke rehabilitation, 2019.
  3. Top 100 Science Spinoffs 2018 in Science Department SPINOFF.COM Database (SDB), covering all industries, 2018. (Uniqueness of the technology, high commercial potential and positive impact on the humanity’s well-being)
  4. Gold Medal and Special Merit Award, Rehabilitation Sleeve - An FES-robot Hybrid System, 43rd International Exhibition of Inventions of Geneva, 2015.

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