Associate Director

As the Associate Director for I-DAPT, I am excited to foster enhanced scholarship among the faculty, develop productive working relationships with other research centers and partners, and manage and mentor staff and students who support the research activities.

I subscribe to I-DAPT’s vision and mission and am committed to enhancing the operations of the Institute to grow into a nationally recognized research center.

Hongwu Wang

Hongwu Wang PhD

Assistant Professor And Director, Technology For Occupational Performance (TOP) Lab

Hongwu Wang, PhD, is an assistant professor in the University of Florida College of Public Health and Health Professions, Department of Occupational Therapy. As a biomedical engineer and rehabilitation scientist, he develops and applies well-thought-out technology approaches to address issues in occupational performance, to improve mobility, participation, well-being and quality of life in people with disabilities and older adults. His research focuses on user participatory design, wearable and mHealth, rehabilitation robotics, machine learning, assistive technology, and sensor-based outcome measures. Dr. Wang has received research and training grants from the National Institute on Disability Independent Living and Rehabilitation Research (NIDILRR), the Administration for Children & Families (ACF), Department of Education, and Craig H. Neilsen Foundation to design, develop and evaluate rehabilitative and assistive technology for patients across the lifespan. Dr. Wang has (co)authored 38 peer-reviewed publications and book chapters; and has presented over 100 scientific abstracts and invited presentations regionally, nationally, and internationally. Dr. Wang holds six patents and four of them had been commercialized. Dr. Wang serves on review panels for Department of Defense, National Science Foundation, NIDILRR and Paralyzed Veterans of American Foundation for more than five years, and review board member for four peered reviewed journals as well an ad-hoc reviewer for more than 30 journals.