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Howard Chizeck

Professor Emeritus
Robotics and Controls, Biosystems
M446 ECE
Campus Box 352500
University of Washington
Seattle, WA 98195
Phone: 206-221-3591


Howard Jay Chizeck received his B.S and M.S. degrees from Case Western Reserve University, and the Sc.D. degree in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 1982. He has been a faculty member and Department Chair at two major research universities – in a small department at a private university and in a large department at a public university. From 1981 until 1998 he was at Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, serving as Chair of the Department of Systems, Control and Industrial Engineering from 1995 – 1998. He was the Chair of the Electrical & Computer Engineering Department at the University of Washington in Seattle from August 1998- September 2003. During that time the department experienced a period of dramatic and positive change. Both the undergraduate and graduate programs grew in quality, size and national rankings. Research activity and funding rapidly increased, from ($5.0M new grants/$6M expenditures) in 1998-1999 to approximately ($20M new grants/$15M expenditures) in both 2001-2002 and 2002-2003. External recognition of the departmental improvement, in terms of the US News and World Report rankings, improved (undergraduate and graduate) from the high 20’s to the mid-teens.

Currently, he is a Professor of Electrical & Computer Engineering and Adjunct Professor of Bioengineering at the University of Washington. Professor Chizeck is a research thrust leader for the NSF Engineering Research Center for Sensorimotor Neural Engineering and also co-director of the UW BioRobotics Laboratory. His research interests are in telerobotics and neural engineering. His telerobotic research includes haptic navigation and control for robotic surgery and for underwater devices, as well as security of telerobotic systems.. His neural engineering work involves the design and security of brain-machine interfaces, and the development of assistive devices to restore hand and locomotion capabilities.

Professor Chizeck was elected a Fellow of the IEEE in 1999 “for contributions to the use of control system theory in biomedical engineering” and he was elected to the American Institute for Medical and Biological Engineering (AIMBE) College of Fellows in 2011 for “contributions to the use of control system theory in functional electrical stimulation assisted walking.” From 2008-2012 he was a member of the Science Technology Advisory Panel of The Johns Hopkins Applied Physics Laboratory. Professor Chizeck currently serves on the Visiting Committee of the Case School of Engineering (Case Western Reserve University). He has been involved with several start-up companies. He is a founder and member of the Board of Directors of Controlsoft Inc (Ohio) and also is a founder and Chair of the Board of Directors of Olis Robotics, which was established in 2013 as UW spinoff.

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