Dan Ding PhD



    Associate Professor

    Office Location

    Human Engineering Research Laboratories (HERL)
    6425 Penn Ave., Suite 400
    Pittsburgh, PA 15206

    Office phone


Academic Appointment

  • Associate Professor


  • PhD, Mechanical and Automation Engineering, the Chinese University of Hong Kong, 2001.

Research Interests

  • Assistive technology development and evaluation
  • Wearable devices and m-health applications
  • Assistive robotics and systems

Recent Publications

  1. Ojeda M and Ding D, Temporal parameters estimation for wheelchair propulsion using wearable sensors,  Biomed Research International, in press
  2. Soleh A, Parmanto B, Branch R, and Ding D , A persuasive and social mHealth application for physical activity: usability and feasibility, JMIR MHEALTH and UHEALTH , in press.
  3. Hiremath S, Ding D , Farringdon J, Vyas N, and Cooper RA, Physical activity classification utilizing SenseWear activity monitor in manual wheelchair users with spinal cord injury, Spinal Cord , vol. 51, no. 9, pp. 705-709, 2013.
  4. Hiremath S, Ding D , and Cooper RA, Development and evaluation of a gyroscope based wheel rotation monitor for manual wheelchair users, Journal of Spinal Core Medicine , vol. 36, no. 4, pp. 347-56, 2013.
  5. Wang H, Candiotti J, Motoki S, Chung CS, Grindle GG, Ding D , Cooper RA, Development of an advanced mobile base for personal mobility and manipulation appliance generation II robotic Wheelchair, Journal of Spinal Cord Medicine , vol.36, no. 4, pp. 333-346, 2013.
  6. Wang H, Xu J, Kelleher AR, Ding D , Grindle GG, Vazquez J, Salatin B, Cooper RA, Performance Evaluation of the Personal Mobility and Manipulation Appliance (PerMMA), Medical Engineering and Physics , vol. 35, no. 11, pp. 1613-9, 2013.
  7. Hiremath S, Ding D , and Farringdon J, Predicting energy expenditure of manual wheelchair users with spinal cord injury using a multsensor-based activity monitor, Archives of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation , vol. 93, no.11, pp.1937-1943, 2012.
  8. Ding D , Cooper RA, Pasquina PF, and Fici-Pasquina L, Sensor technology for smart homes, Maturitas , vol. 69, no. 2, pp. 131-6, 2011.
  9. Ding D , Liu HY, Cooper RM, Cooper RA, Smailagic A, Siewiorek D, Virtual coach technology for supporting self-care, PM&R Clinics of North America , vol. 21, no. 1, pp. 179-74, 2010.

Courses Recently Taught 

  • HRS 2901 Introduction to Research Methodology
  • HRS 3002 Methods of Inquiry
  • HRS 3709 Mobility and Manipulation - Introduction to Rehabilitation Robotics

Biographical Profile

Dr. Ding is Associate Professor in the Department of Rehabilitation Sciences and Technology (RST) at the University of Pittsburgh, and a Research Scientist at the Human Engineering Research Laboratories (HERL) at the VA Pittsburgh Healthcare System.  She also holds secondary appointments in the Department of Bioengineering and the McGowan Institute for Regenerative Medicine at Pitt.  Dr. Ding received her PhD in Mechanical and Automation Engineering from the Chinese University of Hong Kong in 2001.  She completed her postdoctoral training in rehab engineering at the University of Pittsburgh from 2002 to 2004.  Dr. Ding was the recipient of the NIDRR Switzer Fellowship in 2004 and the PVA Postdoctoral Fellowship in 2005.  Dr. Ding has authored or co-authored over 140 peer-reviewed journal publications, conference papers and abstracts, and book chapters.  She has been awarded grants from the VA, DOD, NIDRR, NSF, AND NIH.  Dr. Ding has extensive experience in developing sensor-driven health applications for wheelchair users, and assistive robotic devices and systems.  She was the Thrust Leader of the Home and Community Health and Wellness (HCHW) Testbed in the National Science Foundation's Quality of Life Technology Engineering Research Center (a joint effort between Pitt and Carnegie Mellon), which focuses on creating and evaluating home and community-based solutions for assessing and informing health and functional status of people with disability and older adults.  Dr. Ding has advised or co-advised 4 postdoctoral fellows, 15 Masters and PhD students, and over 30 undergraduate students.  Dr. Ding is also PI or Co-PI of four separate training grants from the NIDRR, RSA, and NSF that train students at different levels (undergraduate, graduate, and postgraduate) in rehabilitation engineering.

Awards and Honors

2005 Postdoctoral Fellowship Award, Paralyzed Veterans of America (PVA)

2004 Switzer Fellowship Award, National Institute of Disability Research and Rehabilitation (NIDRR), Department of Education

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