Meet the Team

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                             Graduate Students

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Nicholas Marjanovic • PhD Candidate • nmarja2@uic.edu

“Currently, I am working and supervising in all Tounge Venture projects, and various other projects in the lab. I am a full-time graduate student working towards my Doctoral degree in Bioengineering. My interests include developing medical devices and systems that incorporate circuit design and software system integration. Also working alongside doctors in Urology to innovate various designs and ideas that are presented.”

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Allison Bayro

Allison Bayro • PhD Candidate, Expected Graduation 2024•abayro2@uic.edu

“I recently completed my undergraduate degree in Bioengineering at UIC and am pursuing a Ph.D. in Bioengineering as well. I am involved in research endeavors in the Wearable Technology and Sensory Enhancement Laboratory (WTSE) as I am passionate about developing discreet, assistive technology to improve the quality of life for disabled individuals. In my free time, I enjoy exploring Chicago, reading and painting. I hold the position of president of IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society, which is a great organization that fosters technological innovations, valuable connections and member success.”

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Alex Rivera Hidalgo • BS-MS, Expected Graduation 2021• ariver30@uic.edu

“I am an undergraduate bioengineering student expecting to graduate May 2021. I am also a member of the Society of Automotive Engineering. I am currently working on developing technology to facilitate wheelchair users. I plan on continuing to work on my MS thesis in the WTSE lab starting August 2021.”

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Davide Bondavalli, • Undergraduate, Expected Graduation 2021•dbonda3@uic.edu

“I’ve been working in the WTSE lab as part of a double degree program between UIC and Politecnico di Milano. For my master thesis I developed the Tongue Trackpad, an HID capacitive trackpad which allows to control a digital interface through tongue interaction.”

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Veronica Bratland • Masters Candidate, Expected Graduation 2022•vgonza42@uic.edu

I am a first year Bioengineering graduate student working towards my master’s degree in the WTSE lab. My thesis is focused on the advancement of a discreet wireless intra-oral wearable device in order to study the tongue’s motion of individuals suffering from different speech impairments.”

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                                                Undergraduate Students

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Analise Hernandez • Undergraduate, Expected Graduation May 2021•ahern56@uic.edu

I have been working in the lab since my sophomore year and have interests in the research and development of medical wearable devices.”

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Brandon Sakas • Undergraduate, Expected Graduation 2021•bsakas2@uic.edu

“I’m a Bioengineering undergraduate student expecting to graduate in May 2021. Currently, I’m working on developing mobile applications that interface with wearable systems via Bluetooth for monitoring purposes.”

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Mehreen Ali • Undergraduate, Expected Graduation May 2022•mali77@uic.edu

“I am a junior majoring in BME with a passion for wearable technology and medical device development which led me to join WTSE lab. I am working as part of the BruxAlert team and other projects. I am also involved as secretary of UIC’s chapter of BMES, Marketing Director of EMBS, Editor in Chief of Red Shoes Review, and part of the Honors College Advisory Board.”

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Heba Sattar • Undergraduate, Expected Graduation May 2021•hsatta3@uic.edu

“I am currently a third-year bioengineering undergraduate at UIC. I joined the WTSE Lab in January of 2020 and worked on data processing and visualization for free exploration of the tongue on a trackpad. In August of 2020, I began working on the BRUXAlert Team, where I help evaluate the customer discovery of the device and will also help test the device. ”

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Mallika Patil • Undergraduate, Expected Graduation May 2022•mpatil5@uic.edu

“I am currently a third-year bioengineering undergraduate at UIC. I joined the WTSE Lab in January of 2020 and worked on data processing and visualization for free exploration of the tongue on a trackpad. In August of 2020, I began working on the BRUXAlert Team, where I help evaluate the customer discovery of the device and will also help test the device. ”

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Manuela Burek • Undergraduate, Expected Graduation May 2021•mburek2@uic.edu

“I am an undergraduate student studying physics and bioengineering as part of a dual degree sequence with Illinois State University and UIC. Following graduation, I plan on attending law school to focus on intellectual property in the medical device industry. Currently, my research is focused on developing a wearable and discrete device to aid in neurological state monitoring by tracking eye movement.”

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Adrian Klapisz • BS, Graduation 2020• aklapi3@uic.edu

“I am an undergraduate electrical engineering student and am expecting to graduate in December of 2020. After graduation I want to work in industry, preferably as a Radio Frequency (RF) Engineer, and also eventually pursue a Masters in Electrical Engineering. I am working with the BruxALERT team to create a mouth guard that helps to prevent bruxism and the adverse side effects that come with it. My role is to develop the hardware for our device.”

 

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            Early Research Scholar Program Members

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Omotola Elujulo • BS, Expected Graduation 2023• oeluju2@uic.edu

I am a sophomore studying Computer Science with a concentration in Software Engineering. I am assisting with the oral wearable technology research project with a team of undergraduate students as well as with Professor Esmailbeigi. This project will be used as an assistive device for human computer and machine interaction. .”

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Priyanka Patel • BS, Expected Graduation 2023• ppate396@uic.edu

” I am currently pursuing a bachelor’s degree in computer science. I am a second year student and a part of the Early Research Scholars Program where I will be researching wearable technology!”

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Jessamyn Lopez • BS, Expected Graduation 2023• jlope81@uic.edu

I am currently a sophomore studying Computer Science with intended minors in Political Science and Mathematics. I am part of the Early Research Scholars Program for undergraduate computer science and electrical engineering majors to be exposed to research. I have an interest in software development, human-computer interaction, user experience, and biotechnology. ”

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                                     Past Team Members

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Davide Lacca • MS, Graduation Date May 2020 •dlacca2@uic.edu

” I developed my MS thesis at WTSE lab while I was enrolled in the Joint Program between Politecnico di Milano (Italy) and UIC. My project was focused on creating a dynamic 3D model of the tongue, starting from static MR images. The model is able to reproduce correct tongue’s movements for the pronunciation of English phonemes. It can also recreate tongue’s motion in real time if paired with the oral wearable device developed by our team. This model can be useful to improve the outcome of rehabilitation for patients with various speech disorders. ”

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Silvia Maddalena Rossi • Master candidate, graduated 2020  •silvia.madda.rossi@gmail.comdu

” I was a master student  enrolled in a double degree program between UIC and Politecnico di Milano. I have graduated from UIC in 2020. For my master thesis I developed smartphone interfaces for the tongue controlled wearable devices developed at the WTSE Lab. The applications allow users to access core functionalities of modern-day technology through easy and usable interfaces, which are controllable by the interaction of the users’ tongue with the devices. ”

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Giulia Soresini • MS, Graduation Date May 2020• giulia.soresini@gmail.com

” I obtained my BS in Biomedical Engineering at Politecnico di Milano (Italy) in July 2018. As part of a Joint Program between Politecnico di Milano and UIC, I joined the WTSE Laboratory, focusing on proptotyping and developing innovative wearable technology. I worked in collaboration with the Shirley Ryan Ability Lab. ”

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Matthew Tomback

Matthew Tomback • MS Candidate • tomback2@uic.edu

“I received my B.S. in biomedical engineering at the University of Southern California and I am currently working on my Master’s thesis in wearable biosignal acquisition technology. My thesis is focused on building and programming miniature Bluetooth integrated circuit boards for use in tongue venture project.”

Lauren Craig

Lauren Craig • MS Candidate • lcraig5@uic.edu

“I am a Bioengineering undergraduate student with an expected graduation date as of May 2019, I am also a member of the College of Engineering and Honors College. I am an independent researcher working on the development of a novel monitoring wearable technology for continuous biomarker and biosignal monitoring. I will start my MS thesis at WTSE lab in August 2019.”

Greta Pastore

Greta Pastore • MS, Graduation Date May 2018 • gpasto2@uic.edu

“I graduated in Biomedical Engineering at Politecnico di Milano (Italy) in July 2016. Now, I am part of a Joint Program between Politecnico di Milano and UIC, where I am currently working on my Master Thesis. My research is focused on the development of a discreet wearable device that can track the tongue movements during speech.”

Greta is currently a Data Solution Developer at Medtronic in Italy. https://www.linkedin.com/in/greta-pastore/

Federico Magni

Federico Magni • MS, Graduation Date Dec 2018

On his MS thesis, Federico worked on developing a wearable discreet device that detects various gait conditions and provides corrective haptic feedback to the user. His thesis title is “Design of a Wearable Device for Real-Time Gait Correction”.

Federico is currently a Consultant and Deloitte. https://www.linkedin.com/in/fedem5

Giacomo Piccinini

Giacomo Piccinini • MS, Graduation Date August 2017

“My MS thesis is focused on developing the Tounge Venture’s first device, that enables the detection of the tongue position on the palate. This device could be used as an assistive or human arguments device .” Giacomo’s Thesis title is “Tongue-To-Speech (TTS): Wearable Wireless Assistive Device for Augmented Speech”.

Giacomo is currently a Business Analyst at Panakes Partners. https://www.linkedin.com/in/giacomo-piccinini-b34632b9/

Davide Marzorati

Davide Marzorati • MS, Graduation Date May 2017

“I graduated in Biomedical Engineering at Politecnico di Milano (Italy) in July 2015. Now, I am part of a Joint Program between Politecnico di Milano and UIC. My research focuses on assistive technology. I’m currently working on the development of a P300 based Brain-Computer Interface. I hope to develop a low-cost open-source BCI system, that can be adapted to different applications and used in real life.”
Davide is currently a Ph.D. candidate at Politecnico di Milano. https://www.linkedin.com/in/marzoratidavide/
James Steel

James Steel • MS, Graduation Date May 2016

James worked on developing a research project titled “Entertainment as proof of concept using affordable EEG and processing systems.”

James is currently a Quality Engineer II at AbbVie. https://www.linkedin.com/in/james-steele-06997a78/

Lara Nammari

Lara Nammari • BS, Graduation Date May 2019 • lnamma2@uic.edu

“My interests include the applications of brain-computer interfaces(B.C.I.s). I am using electroencephalography and B.C.I. software, which was developed within our lab, to control robotics. My goal is to develop this technology into assistive devices that improve the quality of life for patients with physical disabilities.”

Corey Habel

Corey Habel • CS BS, Graduation Date May 2019

Corey worked as a CS student in the WTSE lab to help program the interfaces required for the Tounge Venture project. Corey got interested in the field of BIOE after taking the Wearable Technology Course offered between BIOE and CS department. https://www.linkedin.com/in/corey-habel-679682107/

Luis Garibay

Luis Garibay • CS BS, Graduation Date May 2019

Luis worked as a CS student in the WTSE lab to help program the interfaces required for the Tounge Venture project. Luis got interested in the filed of BIOE after taking the Wearable Technology Course offered between BIOE and CS department.

Ameen Kishta

Ameen Kishta • BS, Graduation Date May 2019 • akisht2@uic.edu

“I am currently a Bioengineering undergraduate at UIC. I work with graduate students as well as with Professor Esmailbeigi with their research projects. The project I am currently assisting with uses the sensation of the tongue to comprehend information via a biofeedback tactile system. The objective of the project is to assist physically disabled individuals by providing them with an assistive interface that will ease their everyday lives.”

Darius Ansari

Darius Ansari • BS, Graduation Date May 2018 • dansari2@uic.edu

“I’m an undergraduate bioengineering student with an interest in medical instrumentation. I am assisting with the tongue controller project for the manipulation of an external mouse/keyboard. Specifically, I am developing software necessary for the interface between the controller and external devices.”

Ricardo Aranda

Ricardo Aranda • BS, Graduation Date May 2018 • rarand3@uic.edu

“I am a full-time nurse and bioengineering undergraduate. Having firsthand experience working with patients that have neuromuscular diseases, spinal cord injuries, tetraplegia, and paraplegia I found that the biggest issues faced by this population with current technologies are comfort and cost. My role in the tongue controller interface project was to utilize my clinical knowledge and engineering skills to help develop a product that was both viable and simple for patients to use. Specifically, my role was to design a mouth guard that was custom made to perfectly fit the user’s teeth and palate with electronic sensors embedded in the material.”

LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/ricardoaranda1

Michael Koutsostamatis

Michael Koutsostamatis • CS BS, Graduation Date Dec 2018

Michael worked as a CS student in the WTSE lab to help develop the interfaces required for the Tounge Venture project. Michael got interested in the filed of BIOE after taking the Wearable Technology Course offered between BIOE and CS department.

Micheal is currently an Innovation Technologist at New Innovation Management. https://www.linkedin.com/in/mkoutsos/

Rich Hickey

Rich Hickey • BS, Graduation Date May 2016

“I helped Professor Esmailbeigi launch the Tongue Venture project. As a paramedic and an engineer I wanted to create a product that could easily translate to the clinic and provide a real increase in quality of life for patients.”

Rich is currently working toward his Ph.D. in Biomolecular Engineering at The Ohio State University. https://www.linkedin.com/in/hickeyr/

Tiana Wong

Tiana Wong • BS, Graduation Date May 2016

“Working with Professor Esmailbeigi, I developed a portable, low-cost filtration and autotransfusion device that works to stabilize mothers experiencing post-partum hemorrhaging during transportation to medical facilities for treatment in developing countries. Within the scope of this project, I also worked extensively with doctors from UIC Hospital designing and testing the device in a clinical setting. I am currently working towards my Ph.D. in Biomedical Engineering at the University of Michigan.”

Gregory Roytman

Gregory Roytman • BS, Graduation Date May 2016

“As an undergraduate student in bioengineering, I helped Professor Esmailbeigi configure a portable, environmentally conscious, and sustainable solar panel-based energy source for a maternal autotransfusion device. I also assisted Professor Esmailbeigi in testing this device’s autotransfusion efficiency in the laboratory and at UIC Hospital’s Maternal Ward. This device’s ultimate application is intended for mothers in developing nations experiencing post-partum hemorrhaging while traveling to often distant hospital locations. Currently, I am a student at National University of Health Sciences, Lombard in the Doctor of Chiropractic program.”

LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/gregory-roytman-73ab768b

Alexander Bashqawi

Alexander Bashqawi • BS in ECE, Minor in BioE

Research project title: “Entertainment as proof of concept using affordable EEG and processing systems.” & “Wearable Biosignal Acquisition System”. Alex is currently an MS candidate in ECE.