Chaoyang Chen

Chaoyang Chen

Professor (Research), Department of Biomedical Engineering, Director of Robotic Rehabilitation Lab, Wayne State University. Research Scientist and Director for Research, Orthopaedic Surgery and Sports Medicine, Detroit Medical Center


Chaoyang Chen


Dr. Chen received MD degree from Fujian Medical University, China in 1987 and completed orthopaedic residency training and orthopedic graduate education (PhD) in Peking University Health Science Center, China in 1990. He practiced orthopaedic surgery in Fujian Medical University and conducted orthopedic biomechanical research from 1990 to1994. He was selected as an International Fellow by the International Society for the Study of Lumbar Spine (ISSLS) in 1994. He won a Postdoctoral Fellowship Award from Arthritis Foundation and completed postdoctoral training at the Bioengineering Center, Wayne State University in 1998. Currently he is an Associate Professor and Director of Robotic Rehabilitation Lab at the Department of Biomedical Engineering, Wayne State University, Detroit, Michigan, USA. He is also a Research Scientist and Director for Research at the Orthopaedic Surgery and Sports Medicine, Detroit Medical Center. His research interests include neurophysiology, orthopaedic biomechanics, robotic rehabilitation engineering, sports medicine injury prevention and performance enhancement, artificial intelligence and machine learning applications in robotics and orthopaedics, nerve tissue injury tolerance, ultrasonic surgical cutting device safety evaluation, EMG and EMG signal AI processing for motion pattern recognition, EEG and/or EMG signal controlled robotic exoskeleton, prototype development of human limb robotic exoskeleton, implantable electrodes for neural interface (BCI and PNI), vehicle human interface for drowsy driving monitoring, driver comfort enhancement and muscle fatigue prevention. His research has won awards from prestigious Orthopedic Research Society, Car Crash Conferences, and International Conference of Computation and Pattern Recognition with more than 99 articles published in journals.


  • MD: Medicine, Fujian Medical University, Fujian, China, 1982- 1987
  • PhD: Orthopaedics/Biomechanics, Peking University Health Science Center , Beijing, China 1987-1990
  • Orthopaedic Surgery Residency: Deaprtment of Orthpaedic Surgery, People's Hospital, Beijing, China 1987-1990
  • Research Fellow: Biomechanics Lab, Department of Civil Engineering, Fuzhou University, Fujian, China 1992-1994  
  • Post doctor of Injury Biomechanics and Neurophysiology, Wayne State University, Detroit, Michigan, USA, 1994-1997

Research Interests

  • Clinical Orthopaedics and Sports Medicine Research
  • Artificial Intelligence (AI) in Sports Medicine Radiology and Image Processing
  • Neuroscience and Robotics
  • Laboratory Robotic Engineering and Clinical Rehabilitation
  • Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning in Athlete Training System
  • Sports Medicine Injury Prevention and Performance Enhancement
  • Orthopaedic Laboratory Biomechanics
  • Human Vehicle Interaction
  • Automotive Occupant Safety

Project Video Link:

Baseball pitching motion capture:

Computer vision for gait analysis:

Real-time EMG signal machine learning processing for exoskeleton control:

EEG control robotic hand:

Teaching Interests

  • Experimental Methods in Physiology
  • Physiologic Signal Processing for Human Machine Interface
  • Engineering Physiology Laboratory

Professional Affiliations

  • Biomedical Engineering Society (2010-2015) 
  • Orthopaedic Research Society (1999 to present)
  • Society for Neuroscience (1998 to present)
  • Associate of NIH Directors, Council of Public Representatives (COPR), 2006-2008
  • Fujian Province Biomechanics Society (1992-1994)

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