Rakesh Pilkar, PhD is a Research Scientist in Human Performance & Engineering Research at Kessler Foundation and an Assistant Research Professor in the Department of Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation at Rutgers – New Jersey Medical School (NJMS). With over 10 years of research experience and training, Dr. Pilkar has gained an expertise in providing engineering solutions to biomedical research problems.Dr. Pilkar is a co-PI on a multi-investigator project funded by New Jersey Commission on Brain Injury Research (NJCBIR) to study balance dysfunction and improve balance after traumatic brain injury by utilizing a novel multisensory computerized biofeedback based intervention during upright standing. He directs the Balance Laboratory at Human Performance and Engineering Research
Dr. Pilkar serves as Communications Officer to American Congress on Rehabilitation Medicine (ACRM) -Technology Networking Group (TNG). He also serves as an ad-hoc reviewer for Biomedical Signal Processing, Prosthetics & Orthotics International, Frontiers in Human Neuroscience, Medicine and American Journal of Sports Medicine.
His research focusses on studying the physiological significance of electrical stimulations on paralyzed muscles after spinal cord injury (SCI) and quantification of gait and posture recovery post neurorehabilitation in neurologically impaired populations. His general research interests are gait and posture, neural repair, biomedical signal analysis (time/frequency/scales, signal decomposition, artifact reduction), system identification pertaining to biomedical data such as EMGs.