New technologies are vital elements of innovation in rehabilitation science. Advancements in areas such as information and communication, activity monitoring, transportation, physiologic sensing, and robotics, among others, drive better outcomes, improve efficiency, and lower costs. SHRS is a leader among its peers when it comes to developing and translating key technologies that advance innovation in rehabilitation science. See statistics below. These accomplishments are a natural extension of SHRS' highly successful and extensive applied research activities. We aim to accelerate the pace of innovation in rehabilitation to have even greater positive impact on the lives of people served by SHRS disciplines.
Join the SHRS Innovation Challenge
Working with the University’s Innovation Institute, SHRS' innovation challenge allows faculty, staff and students to compete for funds to assist with the translation of technology. The challenge is a multi-step process involving an educational program and development activities. We are leveraging the knowledge and experience of Pitt’s Innovation Institute to conduct the challenge.
Interested in participating in the SHRS Innovation Challenge? Apply here by January 29, 2021!
The first SHRS Innovation Challenge took place virtually on Tuesday, April 28, 2020. View the list of the SHRS teams that competed in the 2020 challenge. Read the wrap-up of SHRS' First Innovation Challenge here.
Congratulations to the two teams that won the Innovation Challenge and took away top prizes of $10,000 each:
- Universal Data Logger (UDL), by Communication Science & Disorders Associate Professor Katya Hill, PhD student Michael O'Leary, Research Assistant Chelsea Woodworth and Rick Miller
- Impulse, by Sports Science Program Director Matt Darnell & School of Education Assistant Professor Elizabeth Nagle
SHRS Innovation by the Numbers (2015 - 2020):