Christopher Nycz is a research scientist working with WPI's PracticePoint center for advancing healthcare cyber-physical systems. In this role, Chris is responsible for managing a broad range of industry-academia projects in areas including biomechatronics, image guided therapy, smart-home environments, and surgical robotics.
Chris’s research interests are in the use of wearable robotics to restore hand function of those suffering paresis as a result of neurological trauma and disease. In his doctoral research he applied a patient-centric approach to hand exoskeletons, working to translate the clinical need as communicated by patients and practitioners into quantitative engineering design criteria and clinically relevant mechanisms. In addition to his work with assistive technologies, Chris has contributed to the design and testing of MRI guided robots for improved diagnosis and treatment of cancer and has a broad interest in healthcare robotics.