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Hongwu Wang , PhD

Assistant Professor
Co-Director of PhD Program
Harold Hamm Diabetes Center Chickasaw Nation Scholar

AHB 3113

(405) 271-2131 Ext 47137


Post-doctoral Fellow, Craig H. Neilsen Foundation Postdoctoral Fellowship, 2014-2015
Post-doctoral Fellow, Advanced Rehabilitation Research Training Fellowship, University of Pittsburgh, 2013
PhD, Rehabilitation Science, University of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, 2012
MS, Biomedical Engineering, Xi’an Jiaotong University, Xi’an, Shaanxi, China, 2005
BS, Biomedical Engineering, Xi’an Jiaotong University, Xi’an, Shaanxi, China, 2003



  • OCTH 7712: Research in Occupation 1
  • OCTH/PHTH 8292 - Introduction to Assistive Technology
  • OCTH/PHTH 7522 – Selective Course: Advanced Topics in Rehabilitative Technology
  • RS 5450: Introduction to Assistive Technology


  • OCTH 7712: Research in Occupation 1
  • RS8233 - Rehabilitation Sciences II
  • RS5483- Topics in Assistive Technology

Clinical/Research Interests:

Rehabilitation Engineering, Biomedical Engineering and Assistive Technology
Sensor based Outcome Measurement, Technology for Health and Wellbeing
Rehabilitation Robotics design, development and field evaluation, amputation, cancer rehabilitation, multiple sclerosis, Neurorehabilitation/Stroke/Parkinson’s


Ongoing Support

  • 2019-2020: Principle Investigator (Wang), Wearable Vibration Therapy to Improve Gait and Mobility in People with Multiple Sclerosis, Presbyterian Health Foundation, (7/1/2019-6/30/2020, Total award: $49,890, PI: 10%)
  • 2019-2020: Principal Investigator (Wang), Effects of a Wearable Focal Vibration Device on Gait and Mobility in Diabetic Peripheral Neuropathy, Exploratory Grant award from Harold Hamm Diabetes Center at the University of Oklahoma (1/1/2019-12/31/2019, Total award: $49,000, PI: 10%)
  • 2019-2023: Principal Investigator (Degrace), Expanding Beyond Inclusion: Participation of Children with High Intensity Needs, US Department of Education (1/1/2019-12/31/2023, Total award: $ 1,249,985, Co-I: 3.5%)
  • 2018-2021: Principal Investigator (Wang), Development and Evaluation of Vibration-based Wearable Upper Limb Rehabilitation Device, Oklahoma Center for the Advancement of Science and Technology (10/1/2018-9/30/2021, Total award: $134,964, Award number: HR18-034, PI: 15%))
  • 2018-2019: Principal Investigator (Wang), Effect of Focal Vibration in Balance, Gait, Mobility and Pain in Diabetic Peripheral Neuropathy, Faculty Seed Grant award from College of Allied Health at the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center (7/1/2018-6/30/2019, Total award: $5,000, PI: 10%)
  • 2016-2019: Principal-Investigator (Wang), Development of a Pneumatic Power Assist Wheelchair (PneuPAW), NIDILLR Switzer (10/1/16-9/30/18 (NCE); Total award: $80,000; Award number: SF16000038, PI: 25%

​​Completed Support

  • 2016-2016:  Principal Investigator (Wang), Time-of-Flight Sensor based Terrain-Dependent Driving Control for Mobility Enhanced Robotic Wheelchair, Department of Defense and Commonwealth of PA (5/1/16-8/31/16, Total award: $25,000, Award number: OEA ST 1429.14.01 and C000061864, PI: 50%)
  • 2015-2017:  Principal Investigator (Wijesundara), Automated Seat Cushion for Pressure Ulcer Prevention, US Amy (09/01/2015 – 08/31/2017, Total award: $232,090, Award number: W81XWH-15-1-0719, Co-I: 10%)
  • 2014-2017: Principal Investigator (Cooper), Assessment of an Experimental Robotic-Assisted Transfer Device (HERL-RATD), Department of Veterans Affairs (05/01/2014 – 04/30/2017, Total award: $1,097,211, Award number: F1454-R, Co-I: 10%)
  • 2014-2016: Principal Investigator (Wang), Psychometric Properties of an Assistive Robotic Manipulator Evaluation Tool, Rehabilitation Institute Pilot Award (05/01/16-04/30/17, Total award: $16,934, PI: 10%)
  • 2014-2015: Principal Investigator (Wang), Development of an Assistive Robotic Manipulator Performance Evaluation Tool, Craig H. Neilsen Foundation (01/01/14-12/31/15, Total award: $150,000, Award number: 278966, PI: Hongwu Wang, PI: 90%)
  • 2013-2018: Principal Investigator (Ding), Self-Management Assistance Through Technology – Virtual Coaches for Wheelchair Users, NIDILLR (10/01/2013 – 09/30/2018, Total award: $2,372,506, Award number: DRRP #H133A130025, Co-I: 10%)
  • 2012-2013: Principal Investigator (Ding), Rehabilitation Research & Training Center on Advanced Rehabilitation Research Training: Career Advancement for Engineers in the Science of Rehabilitation (CAESOR), National Institute on Disability, Independent Living,  & Rehabilitation Research (NIDILRR) (10/01/09-09/30/14, Total award: $750,000, Award number: H133P140012, Post-doc fellow)

Select Publications:


  • User adjustable wheelchair backrest mounting hardware (2013), US8376463B2
  • Seating function monitoring and coaching system (2015), US20150209207A1
  • Pneumatic Powered Mobility Devices (2016), WO2017120184 A1
  • Mobility Enhancement Robotic Wheelchair (2017), WO2017053689A8


  • Sivaprakasam A, Wang H, Cooper RA, Koontz AM (2017), Innovation in transfer assist technologies for persons with severe disabilities and their caregivers, IEEE Potentials, pp. 34-41, Vol. 36, No. 1, January/February 2017.
  • Sundaram SA, Wang H, Ding D, Cooper RA (2017), Step Climbing Power Wheelchairs: A Literature Review, Topics in Spinal Cord Injury Rehabilitation, pp. 98-109, Vol. 23, No. 2, Spring 2017.
  • Candiotti J, Sundaram SA, Daveler B, Gebrosky B, Grindle GG, Wang H, Cooper RA (2017), Kinematics and Stability Analysis of a Novel Power Wheelchair When Traversing Architectural Barriers, Topics in Spinal Cord Injury Rehabilitation, pp. 110-119, Vol. 23, No. 2, Spring 2017.
  • Daveler B, Wang H, Gebrosky B, Grindle GG, Schneider U, Cooper RA (2017), Integration of Pneumatic Technology in Powered Mobility Devices, Topics in Spinal Cord Injury Rehabilitation, pp. 120-130, Vol. 23, No. 2, Spring 2017.
  • Chung C, Ka H, Wang H, Ding D, Kelleher AR, Cooper RA (2017), Performance Evaluation Of A Mobile Touchscreen Interface For Assistive Robotic Manipulators: A Pilot Study, Topics in Spinal Cord Injury Rehabilitation, pp. 131-139, Vol. 23, No. 2, Spring 2017.
  • Burkman J, Grindle GG, Wang H, Kelleher AR, Cooper RA (2017), Further Development of a Robotic Assisted Transfer Device, Topics in Spinal Cord Injury Rehabilitation, pp. 140-146, Vol. 23, No. 2, Spring 2017.
  • Chung C, Wang H, Hannan MJ, Kelleher AR, Cooper RA (2016), Task-Oriented Performance Evaluation for Assistive Robotic Manipulators: A Pilot Study, American Journal of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, Epub ahead of print, 2016.
  • Candiotti J, Wang H, Shino M, Chung C, Kamaraj D, Cooper RA (2016), Design and Evaluation of a Seat Orientation Controller during Uneven Terrain Driving, Medical Engineering and Physics, pp. 241-247, Vol. 38, No. 3, 2016.
  • Chung C, Wang H, Hannan MJ, Kelleher AR, Cooper RA (2016), Daily Task-Oriented Performance Evaluation for Commercially Available Assistive Robot Manipulators, International Journal of Robotics and Automation Technology, In press, 2016.
  • Daveler B, Salatin B, Grindle GG, Candiotti J, Wang H, Cooper RA (2015), Participatory design and validation of mobility enhancement robotic wheelchair, Journal of Rehabilitation Research and Development, pp. 739-750, Vol. 52, No. 6, 2015.

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