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Thanassis Rikakis, D.M.A.

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Virginia Tech Honors College
116 Hillcrest Hall
385 West Campus Drive
Blacksburg, VA 24061

Research Areas

  • Neuroengineering

Research and Academic Interests


  • Columbia University: D.M.A., Music Composition, 1994 
  • Columbia University: M.A., Music Composition, 1988
  • Ithaca College: B.A., Music Composition, 1985

Awards, Honors, and Service

Academic Appointments

  • Professor, School of Biomedical Engineering and Mechanics, College of Engineering (2015-current)
  • Professor, School of Performing Arts, College of Liberal Arts and Human Sciences, Virginia Tech
  • (2015-current)
  • Professor of Design, Professor of Music, Courtesy Professor of Bioengineering; Carnegie Mellon University (2012-2015)
  • Professor of Arts, Media and Engineering; Arizona State University (2003-2012)
  • Professor of Music, Arizona State University (2001-2003)
  • Adjunct Assistant Professor of Music, Columbia University (1995 - 2001)

Administrative Appointments

  • Founding Chair, Calhoun Honors Discovery Program and Center for Higher Education Innovation, Virginia Tech, (March 2018-current)
  • Executive Vice President and Provost, Virginia Tech, August 2015-October 2017
  • Vice Provost for Design, Arts and Technology, Carnegie Mellon University (August 2012-August 2015)
  • Founding Director, School of Arts Media and Engineering, Arizona State University (August 2001-August 2012)
  • Associate Director for Research and Development, Computer Music Center, Columbia University (August 1995-August 2001)

Recent Publications

T.Rikakis, Randy Swearer, Todd Nicewonger, Aisling Kelliher.  Transdisciplinary and Trans-sector Knowledge Ecosystems Leverage Interdependencies, Promote Agency and Advance Knowledge Democracies, Proceedings of the European Conference on Education (keynote paper), London, July 2019

T.Rikakis, Aisling Kelliher, Jia-Bin Huang, Hari Sundaram. Progressive Cyber Human Intelligence, ACM Interactions (featured article), August 2018

Thanassis Rikakis, Aisling Kelliher, Jinwoo Choi, Jia-Bin Huang, Kris Kitani, Setor Zilevu, and Steve Wolf. 2018. Semi-automated home-based therapy for the upper extremity of stoke survivors, ACM PETRA 2018, June 26 – 28

Baran M., Lehrer N. , Duff M., Venkataraman V., Turaga P., Ingalls T., Rymer Z. , Wolf S. , and Rikakis T.; ``Interdisciplinary Concepts for Design and Implementation of Mixed Reality Interactive Neurorehabilitation Systems for Stroke'', American Physical Therapy Association's Physical Therapy Journal (APTA-PTJ), January 2014

Venkataraman V., Turaga P., Baran M., Lehrer N., Rikakis T. , and Wolf S.; ``Component-Level Tuning of Kinematic Features from Composite Therapist Impressions of Movement Quality'', IEEE Journal on Biomedical and Health Informatics (J-BHI) 2014.

Duff M., Chen Y., Liu S-M., Blake P., Wolf S., and Rikakis T.; “Adaptive mixed reality rehabilitation improves quality of reaching movements more than traditional reaching therapy following stroke”, Journal of Neurorehabilitation and Neural Repair, December 2012

Lehrer N., Chen Y., Wolf S. and Rikakis T., “Exploring the bases for a mixed reality stroke rehabilitation system, Part I: A unified Approach for Representing Action, Quantitative Evaluation and Interactive Feedback”, Journal of Neuroengineering and Rehabilitation, September 2011

Chen Y., Duff M., Lehrer N., Sundaram H., He J., Wolf S.L., and Rikakis T., “A Computational Framework for Quantitative Evaluation of Movement during Rehabilitation”, Proceedings of International Symposium on Computational Models for Life Sciences, 22-24 June 2011, Tokyo, Japan

Faith A., Chen Y., Rikakis T. and Iasemidis L., “Interactive Rehabilitation and Dynamical Analysis of Scalp EEG”, Proceedings of the IEEE EMBS 2011 Conference, Boston, September 2011

Chen Y., Xu W-W., Sundaram H., Rikakis T., Liu S-M., "Media Adaptation Framework in Biofeedback System for Stroke Patient Rehabilitation", Proc. ACM Multimedia 2007, Augsburg, Germany

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