Cancer Center at Illinois Faculty Seminar Series

Please join us for the Cancer Center at Illinois Faculty Seminar Series. Each session includes a group of faculty members giving brief individual talks, followed by a period for Q&A’s.

The next session is on December 7, 2017, at 3:00 pm. It is held at the Health Care Engineering Systems Center Conference Room 1232, 1206 W. Clark Street, Urbana, IL.

Seating is limited so Please RSVP at to reserve your spot today!

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Jump Collaboration Highlighted

Jump collaboration highlighted

Peoria Journal-Star (Peoria, Ill., Aug. 30) – A host of officials in academia, industry, government and the health care sector gathered Tuesday at the Jump Trading Simulation & Education Center in Peoria, where OSF HealthCare and the University of Illinois College of Medicine have partnered in areas of health care education, research and innovation. U. of I. President Tim Killeen says the school is “doubling down” on its commitment to enlarge student experiences with a pledge to forge new partnerships, and he brought a contingent of faculty to Peoria to explore strategic alliances with lawmakers and representatives of industry giants such as Caterpillar Inc.




Kesavadas a Keynote Speaker at ASME

Kesavadas presentation, “Virtual reality in Biomedicine” to be featured at ASME Conference

Thenkurussi “Kesh” Kesavadas, director of Health Care Engineering Systems Center the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, will shared his expertise as a featured speaker at the cutting-edge IDETC/CIE Conference and Expo, sponsored by the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME).

“Computer simulation and virtual reality now play a stronger role in healthcare, revolutionizing the way medical professionals provide treatment,” explained Kesavadas, who is also a professor of industrial and enterprise systems engineering at Illinois. “One application of virtual reality is robot-assisted surgery in pediatric cardiac care. Amid this progress, however, is a void in the education and training necessary to prepare caregivers to use simulation tools.”

His presentation, “Virtual reality in Biomedicine,” was delivered on Tuesday, August 23, 2016 at the Charlotte (NC) Convention Center.


ARCHES Summer Internship 2016

ARCHES Summer Internship in Medical Virtual Reality

Jump Trading Simulation and Education Center ( and the University of Illinois Health Care Engineering Systems Center ( are pleased to announce the ARCHES summer internship opportunity in the area of Medical Simulation and Virtual Reality.

This internship, located at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, is a full time summer internship.

Applications have closed for Summer 2016.


Illinois researchers developing new technology to assist in-home rehab care

Kim Gudeman, Coordinated Science Laboratory at Illinois


In the future, the occupational therapist helping you relearn how to use a fork following a stroke might be a computer.

Prototype of a haptic-based rehab system

Prototype of a haptic-based rehab system

Researchers at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and the University of Buffalo are developing new technology that could assist stroke victims and others with occupational and physical therapy at home. The project, “Cognitive Haptic-Based Rehabilitation System for Patient-Centric Home,” is funded by the National Science Foundation at $708,000 for three years.

“When people go back home after a stroke, they are rarely monitored and often decline in abilities,” said Thenkurussi (Kesh) Kesavadas, director of the Health Care Engineering Systems Center at Illinois and a professor of industrial and enterprise systems engineering. “Our primary goal is to use very advanced technology to help people do fine-motor rehab at home.”

The research comes at a time when health care costs are driving stroke victims to reduce time spent in in-patient rehabilitation care and return home before regaining full functioning. Stroke is a leading cause of disability among American seniors, with nearly 800,000 strokes occurring each year.

Thenkurussi (Kesh) Kesavadas

Thenkurussi (Kesh) Kesavadas

Researchers in Illinois’ Coordinated Science Lab are developing a system based on haptics, the process of recognizing objects through touch. The team is working to create a low-cost model that can help enforce proper technique through exercises, which will be designed using data collected by analyzing the motion of healthy subjects. In particular, the work will target fine motor skills – which usually involves synching the hand and fingers to make small movements – over gross motor skills, which are less challenging to rehabilitate.

The system will have three main components: a hardware platform, a remote-access interface so that an off-site therapist can monitor progress and modify the therapy regimen as needed, and a brain-machine interface that allows the system to adapt itself to the patient’s level of effort based on cognitive measurement.

Ehsan Esfahani, an assistant professor of mechanical and aerospace engineering at Buffalo, says the system will evaluate patients’ progress based on whether they complete a task, the accuracy with which they perform the task, and their level of mental engagement during the treatment.

“This evaluation empowers the physician to monitor the subject’s performance during in-home therapy and allow him or her to adjust the haptic and simulation in an appropriate fashion,” Esfahani said.

The same approach could be used in other applications as well, such as helping children with dysgraphia learn how to write.

“This technology could really help assist in teaching any fine motor skill through repetition of movement,” Kesavadas said.