Daniel Ferris, Ph.D.

Daniel Ferris
Daniel Ferris, Ph.D.
Robert W. Adenbaum Professor & Senior Associate Chair
Primary Faculty
Biomechanics, neuromechanical control, locomotion and prosthetics
1275 Center Drive, Biomedical Sciences Building JG44, PO Box 116131, Gainesville, FL 32611
Office Phone: 
(352) 294-1281

Ph.D., Human Biodynamics, University of California, Berkeley, 1998
M.S., Exercise Physiology, University of Miami 1994
B.S., Mathematics Education, University of Central Florida 1992

Research Summary:

Dr. Ferris’ research focuses on the biomechanics and neural control of human locomotion. Most of his research focuses on human-machine interactions, mechanically and electrically. Specifically he studies human walking and running using mobile brain imaging, robotic lower limb exoskeletons, and bionic lower limb prostheses. The goal is to identify principles of how humans control their movements, how humans and machines interact, and develop better devices and controllers for machines assisting human locomotion.

His laboratory has developed a number of robotic lower limb exoskeletons to determine how assistance at the ankle, knee, and hip can reduce the energetic cost of locomotion, and might be used to assist gait rehabilitation after incomplete spinal cord injury. They have used the principles they have learned from robotic lower limb exoskeletons to develop a bionic lower limb prosthesis under proportional myoelectric control. More recently, Dr. Ferris and his group are pioneering the use of high-density electroencephalography (EEG) to perform mobile brain imaging with high temporal resolution. This last effort includes both new hardware and software innovations to facilitate removal of motion and muscle artifacts from EEG during walking and running.

Honors and Awards:

  • American Society of Biomechanics (ASB) Founders' Award, 2018
  • Editor-In -Chief, IEEE Transactions on Neural Systems and Rehabilitation Engineering, 2018-2020
  • Program Chair, American Society of Biomechanics Annual Meeting, 2019
  • Fellow, American Institute for Medical and Biological Engineering (AIMBE), 2017

Selected Publications:

Google Scholar Citations Link

JR Koller, DH Gates, DP Ferris, CD Remy (2017) "Confidence in the Curve: Establishing Instantaneous Cost Mapping Techniques using Bilateral Ankle Exoskeletons," Journal of Applied Physiology 122 (2), 242-252.

AJ Young, DP Ferris (2017) "State of the Art and Future Directions for Lower Limb Robotic Exoskeletons," IEEE Transactions on Neural Systems and Rehabilitation Engineering 25, 171-182.

AS Oliveira, BR Schlink, WD Hairston, P König, DP Ferris (2017) "A Channel Rejection Method for Attenuating Motion-Related Artifacts in EEG Recordings during Walking,"
Frontiers in Neuroscience 11, 225. 2017.

A Melnik, P Legkov, K Izdebski, SM Kärcher, WD Hairston, DP Ferris, P König  (2017) "Systems, Subjects, Sessions: To What Extent Do These Factors Influence EEG Data?" Frontiers in Human Neuroscience 11, 150.