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Assistive Technology Rehabilitation Research

At NYU Langone’s Rusk Rehabilitation, John-Ross (J.R.) Rizzo, MD, MSCI, leads the Rehabilitation Engineering Alliance and Center Transforming Low Vision (REACTIV) laboratory, where his research focuses on assistive technology designed to help people who are visually impaired.

The REACTIV laboratory serves people who are legally blind or have low vision and civil servants who transiently have their visual system incapacitated, such as military personnel conducting night operatives, firefighters who have to navigate through smoke-filled buildings, and police officers who are left vulnerable in low-light conditions.

Our team focuses on advanced wearables for the sensory deprived (permanent or transient) and benefits from Dr. Rizzo’s own personal experiences with vision loss. The laboratory’s central hypothesis is that wearables support spatial cognition in visually impaired populations, augmenting personal freedom and agency, and promoting health and wellbeing. Our long-term goal is to develop wearables with a suite of tailorable, forward compatible microservices that enable functional independence for the visually impaired.

People who are visually impaired face mobility restrictions because of inaccessible environments. Even in structured settings, people with low vision may still have trouble navigating efficiently and safely because of hallway and threshold ambiguity. Dr. Rizzo and his team are working to take assistive technology to the next level.

Recent Publications

Dysfunctional mode switching between fixation and saccades: collaborative insights into two unusual clinical disorders

Rucker, Janet C; Rizzo, John-Ross; Hudson, Todd E; Horn, Anja K E; Buettner-Ennever, Jean A; Leigh, R John; Optican, Lance M

Journal of computational neuroscience. 2021 Aug ; 49:283-293

Detection of normal and slow saccades using implicit piecewise polynomial approximation

Dai, Weiwei; Selesnick, Ivan; Rizzo, John-Ross; Rucker, Janet; Hudson, Todd

Journal of vision. 2021 Jun 07; 21:8

A Model for Vision Rehabilitation and the Role of the Physiatrist on the Interdisciplinary Team

Hreha, Kimberly; Weden, Kathleen; Perea, Jaimee; Roberts, Pamela; Rizzo, John Ross

American journal of physical medicine & rehabilitation. 2021 Jun 01; 100:e80-e81

Evidence-Based Medicine Training in US-based Physiatry Residency Programs

Annaswamy, Thiru M; Rizzo, John-Ross; Schnappinger, Amy; Morgenroth, David C; Engkasan, Julia Patrick; Ilieva, Elena; Arnold, W David; Boninger, Mike; Bean, Allison C; Cirstea, Carmen M; Dicianno, Brad E; Fredericson, Michael; Jayabalan, Prakash; Raghavan, Preeti; Sawaki, Lumy; Suri, Pradeep; Suskauer, Stacy J; Wang, Qing Mei; Hosseini, Maryam; Case, Christina; Whyte, John; Paganoni, Sabrina

American journal of physical medicine & rehabilitation. 2021 Apr 08;

COVID-19 and Visual Disability: Can't Look and Now Don't Touch

Rizzo, John-Ross; Beheshti, Mahya; Fang, Yi; Flanagan, Steven; Giudice, Nicholas A

PM&R. 2021 Apr ; 13:415-421

The transformation of patient-clinician relationships with AI-based medical advice

Nov, Oded; Aphinyanaphongs, Yindalon; Lui, Yvonne W.; Mann, Devin; Porfiri, Maurizio; Riedl, Mark; Rizzo, John Ross; Wiesenfeld, Batia

Communications of the ACM. 2021 Mar 01; 64:46-48

Art therapy for Parkinson's disease

Cucca, Alberto; Di Rocco, Alessandro; Acosta, Ikuko; Beheshti, Mahya; Berberian, Marygrace; Bertisch, Hilary C; Droby, Amgad; Ettinger, Tom; Hudson, Todd E; Inglese, Matilde; Jung, Yoon J; Mania, Daniella F; Quartarone, Angelo; Rizzo, John-Ross; Sharma, Kush; Feigin, Andrew; Biagioni, Milton C; Ghilardi, M Felice

Parkinsonism & related disorders. 2021 Mar ; 84:148-154

How sandbag-able are concussion sideline assessments? A close look at eye movements to uncover strategies

Rizzo, John-Ross; Hudson, Todd E; Martone, John; Dai, Weiwei; Ihionu, Oluchi; Chaudhry, Yash; Selesnick, Ivan; Balcer, Laura J; Galetta, Steven L; Rucker, Janet C

Brain injury. 2021 Feb 02; 1-10