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Elliott Rouse

Assistant Professor of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation

Director, Neurobionics Lab, Center for Bionic Medicine, Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago

Assistant Professor of Biomedical Engineering


345 E Superior St
Room 1309
Chicago IL 60611

312-238-0938Email Elliott Rouse



Center for Bionic Medicine


Center for Bionic Medicine


Biomedical Engineering

Mechanical Engineering

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MS: Northwestern University, Biomedical Engineering (2009)

PhD: Northwestern University, Biomedical Engineering (2012)

Postdoctoral Fellowship: Massachusetts Institute of Technology (2014)


Professor Rouse is the Director of the Neurobionics Lab in the Center for Bionic Medicine at the Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago and is an Assistant Professor in the Departments of Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation and Mechanical Engineering at Northwestern University. The vision of his group is to discover the fundamental science that underlies human joint dynamics during locomotion and incorporate these discoveries in a new class of wearable robotic technologies. The Neurobionics Lab uses technical tools from mechanical and biomedical engineering applied to the complex challenges of human augmentation, physical medicine, rehabilitation and neuroscience.

Dr. Rouse and his research have been featured at TED, on the Discovery Channel, CNN, National Public Radio, Wired Magazine UK, Business Insider, and Odyssey Magazine. Dr. Rouse is a member of the IEEE Robotics and Automation Society and the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society, as well as the American Society of Mechanical Engineers. He serves as a reviewer for many leading engineering journals. He is dedicated to effective student mentoring and training, as well as translating his research to the public through entrepreneurship; he holds patents for the design and control of wearable robotic systems. Dr. Rouse received the BS degree in mechanical engineering from The Ohio State University in 2007, and the MS and PhD degrees in biomedical engineering from Northwestern University in 2009 and 2012, respectively. Subsequently, he joined the Massachusetts Institute of Technology as a Postdoctoral Fellow, working with the Biomechatronics Group in the MIT Media Lab until September 2014.

Research Interests

Amputation; Bioengineering; Biophysics; Neuroscience; Prosthetics/Orthotics; Rehabilitation/Therapy