PhD, MPE, BEng

Bulmaro Valdés

As a Biomedical Engineer, my research focus is to use technology to improve the quality of life, recovery process, and care of people with disabilities and seniors. The multidisciplinary nature of my work allows me to collaborate with therapists, neuroscientists, kinesiologists, caregivers and engineers.

 

Research Projects

A selection of my latest research projects

Using a Robotic Device to Train Arm Position Sense

2019

Effects of Noisy Galvanic Vestibular Stimulation during a Bimanual Tracking Robotic Task

2018

Virtual Reality for Upper Limb Rehabilitation

2017

Reducing Compensatory Movements in Stroke Therapy through the Use of Robotic Devices and Augmented Feedback

2012-2017

FEATHERS (Functional Engagement in Assisted Therapy through Exercise Robotics)

2012-2017

Collaborative Service Robots for Eldercare Facilities

2017

Robotic Orthotic Device for Finger Rehabilitation

2010-2012

 

Publications

 

Effects of Noisy Galvanic Vestibular Stimulation during a Bimanual Tracking Robotic Task

B.A. Valdés, C. Menon, “Effects of Noisy Galvanic Vestibular Stimulation during a Bimanual Tracking Robotic Task,” Frontiers in Neuroscience, vol. 13, e1132,  2019, https://doi.org/10.3389/fnins.2019.01132

Robot-Aided Upper-Limb Proprioceptive Training in Three-Dimensional Space

B.A. Valdés, M. Khoshnam, J.L. Neva, C. Menon, “Robot-Aided Upper-Limb Proprioceptive Training in Three-Dimensional Space,” Proc. IEEE/RAS-EMBS International Conference on Rehabilitation Robotics (ICORR), Toronto, Canada, 2019, https://doi.org/10.1109/ICORR.2019.8779529

Using Error Augmentation in Immersive VR for Bimanual Upper Limb Rehabilitation of Youth with Hemiplegic Motor Disorders

L. Shum, B.A. Valdés, H.F.M. Van der Loos, “Using Error Augmentation in Immersive VR for Bimanual Upper Limb Rehabilitation of Youth with Hemiplegic Motor Disorders,” Rehabilitation Engineering and Assistive Technology Society of North America (RESNA) Annual Conference, Toronto, Canada, 2019, [PDF]

Evaluating Motor Compensation Techniques for Bilateral Upper Limb Reaching Caused by the Design of a Visually Augmented Task in Immersive VR for Youth with Hemiplegic Motor Disorders 

L. Shum, B.A. Valdés, H.F.M. Van der Loos, “Evaluating Motor Compensation Techniques for Bilateral Upper Limb Reaching Caused by the Design of a Visually Augmented Task in Immersive VR for Youth with Hemiplegic Motor Disorders (Abstract),” International Neurorehabilitation Symposium (INRS), Toronto, Canada, 2019, [PDF]

Determining the Accuracy of Oculus Touch Controllers for Motor Rehabilitation Applications Using Quantifiable Upper Limb Kinematics: Validation Study

L. Shum, B.A. Valdés, H.F.M. Van der Loos, “Determining the Accuracy of Oculus Touch Controllers for Motor Rehabilitation Applications Using Quantifiable Upper Limb Kinematics: Validation Study,” JMIR Biomedical Engineering, vol.4, no. 1, e12291, 2019, https://doi.org/10.2196/12291   [PDF]

Application of commercial games for home-based rehabilitation for people with hemiparesis: Challenges and lessons learned

B.A. Valdés, S.M.N. Glegg, N. Lambert-Shirzad, A.N. Schneider, J. Marr, R. Bernard, K. Lohse, A.M. Hoens, H.F.M. Van der Loos, “Application of commercial games for home-based rehabilitation for people with hemiparesis: Challenges and lessons learned,” Games for Health Journal, vol. 7, no. 3, pp. 197-207, 2018.  https://doi.org/10.1089/g4h.2017.0137 [PDF]

Biofeedback vs. Game Scores for Reducing Trunk Compensation after Stroke: A Randomized Crossover Trial

B.A. Valdés, H.F.M. Van der Loos, “Biofeedback vs. Game Scores for Reducing Trunk Compensation after Stroke: A Randomized Crossover Trial,” Topics in Stroke Rehabilitation, vol. 25, no. 2, pp. 96-113, 2018. 

http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/10749357.2017.1394633ed [PDF] 

Reducing trunk compensation in stroke survivors: A randomized crossover trial comparing visual vs. force feedback modalities

Editors' Selections From Issue: B.A. Valdés, A.N. Schneider, H.F.M. Van der Loos, “Reducing trunk compensation in stroke survivors: A randomized crossover trial comparing visual vs. force feedback modalities”, Archives of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, vol.98, no.10, pp. 1932-1940, 2017. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.apmr.2017.03.034  [PDF]

Trunk Compensation during Bimanual Reaching at Different Heights by Healthy and Hemiparetic Adults

B.A. Valdés, S.M.N. Glegg, H.F.M. Van Der Loos, “Trunk Compensation during Bimanual Reaching at Different Heights by Healthy and Hemiparetic Adults”, Journal of Motor Behavior, vol. 49, no. 5, pp. 580-592, 2017,  http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/abs/10.1080/00222895.2016.1241748 [PDF]

Kinecting the Moves: The kinematic potential of rehabilitation-specific gaming to inform treatment for hemiplegia (Expanded Journal Version)

S.M.N. Glegg, C.T. Hung, B.A. Valdés, B.D.G. Kim, H.F.M. Van der Loos, “Kinecting the Moves: The kinematic potential of rehabilitation-specific gaming to inform treatment for hemiplegia”, International Journal of Child Health and Human Development, vol. 9, no.3, pp. 351-360, 2016. [PDF] (This is an expanded version of the paper by the same name presented to the International Conference on Disability, Virtual Reality and Associated Technologies)

Visualisation of two-dimensional kinematic data from bimanual control of a commercial gaming system used in post-stroke rehabilitation

Best Student Paper Award: B.A. Valdés, N. Shirzad, C.T. Hung, S.M.N Glegg, E. Reeds, H.F.M. Van der Loos, “Visualisation of two-dimensional kinematic data from bimanual control of a commercial gaming system used in post-stroke rehabilitation”, in Proc. International Conference on Virtual Rehabilitation, Valencia, Spain, June 9-12, pp. 243-250, 2015. http://ieeexplore.ieee.org/document/7358571/ [PDF]

Kinecting the Moves: The kinematic potential of rehabilitation-specific gaming to inform treatment for hemiplegia (Expanded Book Version)

S.M.N. Glegg, C.T. Hung, B.A. Valdés, B.D.G. Kim, H.F.M. Van der Loos, “Kinecting the Moves: The kinematic potential of rehabilitation-specific gaming to inform treatment for hemiplegia”, in Technology, Rehabilitation and Empowerment of People with Special Needs, 1st ed. New York, Nova Science Publishers, ch. 10, pp. 111-121, 2015. [PDF] (This is an expanded version of the paper by the same name presented to the International Conference on Disability, Virtual Reality and Associated Technologies)

FEATHERS, a bimanual upper limb rehabilitation platform: a case study of user-centred approach in rehabilitation device design

N. Shirzad, B.A. Valdés, C.T Hung, M. Law, J. Hay, H.F.M. Van der Loos, “FEATHERS, a bimanual upper limb rehabilitation platform: a case study of user-centred approach in rehabilitation device design”. in Proc. International Conference on Engineering Design ICED 2015, Milan, Italy, July 27-30, pp. 361-370, 2015. https://www.designsociety.org/publication/37632/feathers_a_bimanual_upper_limb_rehabilitation_platform_a_case_study_of_user-centred_approach_in_rehabilitation_device_design [PDF]

Kinecting the Moves: The kinematic potential of rehabilitation-specific gaming to inform treatment for hemiplegia (Conference Version)

Best Short Paper Award: S.M.N. Glegg, C.T. Hung, B.A. Valdés, B.D.G. Kim, H.F.M. Van Der Loos, “Kinecting the Moves: The kinematic potential of rehabilitation-specific gaming to inform treatment for hemiplegia”, in Proc. International Conference on Disability, Virtual Reality and Associated Technologies, Gothenburg, Sweden, September 2-4, pp. 313-316, 2014. [PDF]

Usability testing of gaming and social media applications for stroke and cerebral palsy upper limb rehabilitation

B.A. Valdés, C.G.E. Hilderman, C.T. Hung, N. Shirzad, H.F.M. Van der Loos, “Usability testing of gaming and social media applications for stroke and cerebral palsy upper limb rehabilitation,” in Proc. IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Conference, Chicago, Il, August 26-30, pp. 3602-3605, 2014. http://ieeexplore.ieee.org/document/6944402/ [PDF]

Detecting locomotive activity in the Procambarus clarkii crayfish, using machine vision and LabVIEW

B.A. Valdés, J.M. Gómez-González, Rodríguez-Sosa, J.J. Bernal-Alvarado, A. Vega-Gonzalez, 2012, “Detecting locomotive activity in the Procambarus clarkii crayfish, using machine vision and LabVIEW”, The XXXV National Congress of Biomedical Engineering (CNIB), San Luis Potosi, Mexico, October 4-6, pp. 135-138, 2012. [PDF]

PhD Dissertation: Reducing Compensatory Movements in Stroke Therapy through the Use of Robotic Devices and Augmented Feedback

B.A. Valdés, “Reducing Compensatory Movements in Stroke Therapy through the Use of Robotic Devices and Augmented Feedback,” PhD Dissertation, Faculty of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies, University of British Columbia, Vancouver, Canada, 2017. [PDF]

Master Thesis: Robotic Orthotic Device for Finger Rehabilitation

B.A. Valdés, “Robotic Orthotic Device for Finger Rehabilitation,” Master Thesis, Faculty of Engineering and Information Technologies, University of Sydney, Sydney, Australia, 2011. [PDF]

Non-Refereed: Using a Robotic Device to Enhance Upper-Limb 3D Proprioception (Abstract)

B. A. Valdés, M. Khoshnam, J. L. Neva, C. Menon, “Using a Robotic Device to Enhance Upper-Limb 3D Proprioception (Abstract),” Proc. Tenth Annual G.F. Strong Rehabilitation Centre Rehabilitation Research Day, Vancouver, BC, 2019. [PDF]

Non-Refereed: Motor adaptation to visual symmetry error augmentation in bimanual forward reaching (Abstract) 

L. Shum, B.A. Valdés, H.F.M. Van der Loos “Motor adaptation to visual symmetry error augmentation in bimanual forward reaching (Abstract),” Proc. Ninth Annual G.F. Strong Rehabilitation Centre Rehabilitation Research Day, Vancouver, BC, 2018.  [PDF]

Non-Refereed: Reducing compensatory movements in stroke therapy through the use of robotic devices and augmented feedback (Abstract)

B.A. Valdés, “Reducing compensatory movements in stroke therapy through the use of robotic devices and augmented feedback (Abstract),” Proc. Eighth Annual G.F. Strong Rehabilitation Centre Rehabilitation Research Day, Vancouver, BC, 2017. [PDF]

Media: Visualisation of 2D kinematic data from bimanual control of a commercial gaming system used in post-stroke rehabilitation

B.A. Valdés, N. Shirzad, C.T. Hung, S.M.N. Glegg, E. Reeds, H.F.M. Van der Loos, “Visualisation of 2D kinematic data from bimanual control of a commercial gaming system used in post-stroke rehabilitation”, in International Society for Virtual Rehabilitation Newsletter, New Jersey, USA, 2015, no.5, 2015. [PDF]

Interviews and Media

 

SFU Postdoctoral Fellow Profile: Online Interview

April 15, 2019

SFU Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies

UBC Blue and Gold Fundraising Campaign: Featured Student Video Interview

Oct. 23, 2017

UBC Development and Alumni Engagement

UBC Mech. Dept. Virtual Tour, RREACH Lab: Video Interview

Aug. 18, 2017

UBC Mech. Dept. Marketing & Communications

Rising Star-Faculty of Applied Science: Online Interview

May 12, 2017

UBC Faculty of Applied Science

UBC Public Scholars: Online Interview

Jun. 28, 2016

UBC Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies

Education

 

Ph.D. Biomedical Engineering

2012-2017

The University of British Columbia

Vancouver, Canada

Dissertation: “Reducing Compensatory Movements in Stroke Therapy through the Use of Robotic Devices and Augmented Feedback”

Supervisor: Dr. Machiel Van der Loos

Public Scholars Initiative

2016-2017

The University of British Columbia

Vancouver, Canada

Innovative pilot program intended to explore how a top-tier university can support doctoral pathways that encourage purposeful social contribution, new forms of collaborative scholarship, and broader career readiness for students

Profile: [LINK].

Engineers in Scrubs Program

2012-2013

The University of British Columbia

Vancouver, Canada

Program designed to foster innovation in medical technology

by training biomedical engineers in clinical environments. [LINK].

Master in Professional Engineering, Biomedical Stream

2010-2012

The University of Sydney

Sydney, Australia

Dissertation: “Robotic Orthotic Device for Finger Rehabilitation”

Supervisor: Dr. Graham Brooker

Industrial Automation Courses

2007

The Esslingen University of Applied Science

Göppingen, Germany

Bachelor of Engineering in Mechatronics Engineering

2003-2007

Monterrey Institute of Technology and Higher Education (Tec de Monterrey)

León, México

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