Sergei Adamovich

Contact Info

Title: Professor
Office: 616 Fenster Hall
Phone: 973-596-3413
Dept: Biomedical Engineering

About Dr. Adamovich

Sergei Adamovich, Ph.D., is associate professor of biomedical engineering at NJIT. His research is focused on developing and testing novel approaches to technology-assisted rehabilitation in individuals with neurological disorders, to exploit the inherent plasticity of the brain to improve prospects for recovery. He has earned a national reputation in the area of virtual reality and its use in neurorehabilitation performing systematic studies of the contributions of modulated sensory experiences (visual, haptic, etc.) during motor learning and performance. Dr. Adamovich is also interested in the basic mechanisms underlying neuromuscular control of human movement, both in healthy populations and in people with neurological diseases such as Parkinson’s disease or stroke, and in the relationship between sensorimotor learning and neural recovery. His current research focus is on combining robotics and virtual reality in designing optimal, personalized, and dynamic strategies for rehabilitation of hand and arm function in subjects including those with cerebral palsy and stroke. In his research, he utilizes brain imaging, kinematic and electromyographic analysis of human motion, and simulations with emphasis on the dynamic properties of the human motor system. His brain research investigates the neural mechanisms of motor skills and incorporates the use of functional brain imaging and transcranial magnetic stimulation for quantifying and facilitating neural repair. Dr. Adamovich is author and co-author of more than 40 articles in peer-reviewed journals. He served as a Co-Director of the Rehabilitation Engineering Research Center funded by a $4.75 million grant from the National Institute on Disability and Rehabilitation Research. In addition, his research on the use of technology for rehabilitation of arm and hand function after stroke is supported by a grants from National Institute of Child and Human Development (NIH).


 Ph.D., Physics and Mathematics , Moscow Institute of Physics and Technology, 1988

M.S. and B.S., Physics and Engineering, Moscow Institute of Physics and Technology, 1983


Professional Experience


Associate Professor, Biomedical Engineering, New Jersey Institute of Technology, Newark, NJ, July 2009 - present
Assistant Professor, Biomedical Engineering, New Jersey Institute of Technology, Newark, NJ, November 2003 - June 2009
Adjunct Professor, Department of Movement and Rehabilitative Sciences, University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey, Newark, NJ,  November 2003 - present
Faculty Research Associate, Center for Behavioral and Molecular Neuroscience, Rutgers University, Newark, NJ, August 1996-  November 2003
Visiting Professor, Department of Biomedical Engineering, University of Montreal, Montreal, Canada, January 1992 - July 1994
Staff Scientist, Institute for Information Transmission Problems, Russian Academy of Sciences, Moscow, Russia, December 1988 - September 2001 


Professional Activities/Organizations


Member of:
IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society
Society for Neuroscience
Reviewer for:
National Institutes of Health
National Science Foundation
United States-Israel Bi-national Science Foundation
Natural Science and Engineering Research Council of Canada
Canadian Institutes of Health
IEEE Transactions on Rehabilitation Engineering and Neural Systems
Journal of Neurophysiology
Journal of Experimental Brain Research
Journal of Motor Control
Journal of Motor Behavior
International Workshops on Virtual Rehabilitation
IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology annual meetings

State of Science conference on Pediatric Rehabilitation, October 2008


Grants and Funded Research


R01 HD 58301;   March 1, 2009 - February 28, 2013;  Total costs:  $1,200,000; National Institute of Child Health and Human Development;   
Optimizing Hand Rehabilitation Post-Stroke Using Interactive Virtual Environments. The major goal of this project is to refine and optimize elements of the virtual reality-based training paradigms to enhance neuroplasticity and maximize recovery of function in the hemiplegic hand of patients who have had a stroke. RAVR LAB
Role: PI
Rehabilitation Engineering Research Center (RERC) for Children with Orthopedic Disabilities;  November 1, 2005 - October 30, 2010; Total costs: $4,500,000; National Institute on Disability and Rehabilitation Research
Use of a Novel Robotic Interface for Arm Rehabilitation in Hemiparetic Cerebral Palsy. The major goal of this study is to demonstrate that robot-assisted VR therapy will improve clinical and biomechanical outcomes in children with cerebral palsy, that these improvements will be larger when compared to that of the conventional therapy, and that they will transfer to real world reach-to-grasp movements. RERC
Role: Co-Director

Selected Publications


Dr. Adamovich’s work was discussed in the article, Scientists Look to Emerging Technology to Treat Chronic Neurological Disorders, written by Bridget M. Kuehn. Journal of American Medical Association, January 19, 2011, Vol. 305, No. 3.
Fluet GG, Qiu Q, Kelly D, Parikh HD, Ramirez D, Saleh S, Adamovich SV. Interfacing a haptic robotic system with complex virtual environments to treat impaired upper extremity motor function in children with cerebral palsy. Developmental Neurorehabilitation 2010;13(5):335-45.
Qiu Q, Fluet GG, Saleh S, Lafond I, Merians AS, Adamovich SV. Integrated Versus Isolated. Training of the Hemiparetic Upper Extremity in Haptically Rendered Virtual Environments IEEE 32nd Annual International Conference of the IEEE EMBS Buenos Aires, Argentina, August 31 - 2010: 2255-2258.
 Adamovich, S., Fluet, G.G., Merians, A.S., Mathai, A., Qiu, Q. Incorporating haptic effects into three-dimensional virtual environments to train the hemiparetic upper extremity. IEEE Trans Neural Systems Rehabilitation Engineering 2009 Oct; 17(5):512-20.
Tunik E. and Adamovich S. Remapping in the Ipsilesional Motor Cortex after VR-Based Training: A Pilot fMRI Study. Conference Proceedings, IEEE Engineering in Medical and Biology Society. 2009; 1:1139-42.
Qinyin Qiu, Gerard G. Fluet, Ian Lafond, Alma S. Merians, Sergei V. Adamovich. Coordination Changes Demonstrated by Subjects with Hemiparesis. Performing Hand-Arm Training using the NJIT-RAVR Robotically Assisted Virtual Rehabilitation System. Conference Proceedings IEEE Engineering in Medical and Biology Society 2009; 1:1143-6.
Qiu Q., Ramirez, D. A., Saleh S., Fluet G. G., Parikh H. D., Kelly D., Adamovich S. The New Jersey Institute of Technology - Robot-Assisted Virtual Rehabilitation (NJIT-RAVR) system for children with cerebral palsy: A feasibility study. Journal of Neuroengineering and Rehabilitation. 2009; 6:40.
Adamovich S. V., Fluet G. G., Tunik E. and Merians A. S. Sensorimotor Training in Virtual Reality, Journal of Neurorehabilitation, Special Issue "Neurorehabilitation Technologies - Present and Future Possibilities", September 2009, 25(1):29-44.
Adamovich S, Fluet G, Merians AS, Mathai A, Qiu Q.  Design of 3 Robotically Facilitated Simulations in Virtual Environments to Train the Hemiplegic Upper Extremity. IEEE Transactions on Neural Systems and Rehabilitation Engineering, 2009 Oct; 17(5):512-20.
Adamovich S., August K., Merians A., and Tunik E. Concept Study. A Virtual Reality Based System integrated with fMRI to study neural mechanisms of action observation-execution: A Proof of Concept Study. Restorative Neurology and Neuroscience, 2009, 27(3):209-23.
Tunik E, Ortigue S, Adamovich S V, Grafton, ST. Fronto-parietal interactions during adaptive control of visually-guided reach-to-grasp revealed by electrical neuroimaging. Journal of Neuroscience 2008, 28:13615-20.
Tunik E., Lo O., and Adamovich S. Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation to the frontal Operculum and Supramarginal Gyrus Disrupts Planning of Outcome Based Hand-Object Interactions. Journal of Neuroscience 2008, 28, 14422-14427.
Adamovich S. V., Fluet G. G., Mathai A., Qiu Q., Lewis J., Merians A. S. Design of a complex virtual reality simulation to train finger motion for persons with hemiparesis: A proof of concept study. Journal of Neuroengineering and Rehabilitation, 2009, Jul 17; 6:28.
Merians AS, Tunik E, Adamovich SV. Virtual Reality to maximize function for hand and arm rehabilitation: Exploration of Neural Mechanisms .Studies in Health Technology and Informatics. 2009; 145:109-25.
Merians A. S., Tunik E., Fluet G. G., Qiu Q., Adamovich S. V. Innovative Approaches to the rehabilitation of upper extremity hemiparesis using virtual environments. European Journal of Physical and Rehabilitation Medicine, 2009, 45(1):123-33.
Foulds R.A., Saxe D.M., Joyce III A.W. and Adamovich S. Sensory-motor enhancement in a virtual therapeutic environment. Virtual Reality, 2008, 12: 87-97.
Messier J, Adamovich S, Jack D, Hening W, Sage J, Poizner H. Visuomotor learning in immersive 3D virtual reality in Parkinson´s disease and in aging. Experimental Brain Research, 2007, 179, 457-474.
Sergei Adamovich, Gerard G. Fluet, Alma S. Merians, Abraham Mathai, Qinyin Qiu. Recovery of Hand Function in Virtual Reality: Training Hemiparetic Hand and Arm Together or Separately. Proceedings of the. 30th EMBC Annual International Conference. Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society, Vancouver, Canada, August 2008, pp. 3475-3478.
Adamovich S., Qiu Q, Talati B. Fluet G and Merians AS. Design of a Virtual Reality-Based System for Hand and Arm Rehabilitation, Proceedings IEEE International Conference on Rehabilitation Robotics, June 2007, Netherlands, pp. 958-963.
Merians A.S., Lewis J., Qiu Q., Fluet G., Talati B. and Adamovich S. Strategies for Incorporating Bilateral Training into a Virtual Environment. 2007 IEEE/ICME International Conference on Complex Medical Engineering-CME2007, May 2007, Beijing, China.
Merians A.S., Poizner H., Boian R., Burdea G. and Adamovich S.V. Sensorimotor training in a virtual reality environment: Does it improve functional recovery post-stroke? Neurorehabilitation and Neural Repair, 2006, 20, 252-267.
Schettino L.F., Adamovich S.V., Hening W., Tunik E., Sage J., and Poizner H. Hand Preshaping in Parkinson´s Disease: Effects of Visual Feedback and Medication State. Experimental Brain Research, 2006, 168, 186-202.
Adamovich S.V., Merians A., Boian R., Tremaine M., Burdea G., Recce M. and Poizner H. Virtual Reality Based System for Hand Rehabilitation Post-Stroke, Presence, 2005, 14, 161-174.
Adamovich S.V., Merians A.S., Boian R, Burdea G.S., Poizner H. An Innovative Approach to the Rehabilitation of Hand Function Post-Stroke. In Proceedings of the 17th Annual International Conference on Technological Innovations in Disability, Garches Institute, B. Bussel, editor, Paris, France, 2004, pp. 252-262.
Deutsch, J., A. Merians, S. Adamovich, H. Poizner, and G. Burdea. Development and Application of Virtual Reality Technology to Improve Hand Use and Gait of Individuals Post-Stroke, Restorative Neurology and Neuroscience, Special issue on motor system plasticity, recovery and rehabilitation, 2004, 22,  341-386.
Tunik, E., Adamovich, S., Poizner, H., and Feldman, A. "Deficits in Rapid Adjustments of Movements According to Task Constraints in Parkinson´s Disease," Movement Disorders, 2004, 19: 897-906.
Schettino, L., Rajaraman, V., Jack, D., Adamovich, S., Sage, J. and Poizner, H. "Deficits in the Evolution of Hand Preshaping in Parkinson´s Disease," Neuropsychologia, 2004, 42, 82-94.
Schettino L.F., Adamovich S.V. and Poizner H. Effects of object shape and visual feedback on hand configuration during grasping. Experimental Brain Research, 2003, 151(2):158-66.
Adamovich S.V., Merians A., Boian R., Tremaine M., Burdea G., Recce M. and Poizner H. Virtual Reality Based System for Hand Rehabilitation Post-Stroke. Proc. Second Int. Workshop on Virtual Rehabilitation, 2003 74-81.
Tunik, E., Poizner, H., Levin, M., Adamovich, S., Messier, J., Lamarre, Y., and Feldman, A. Role of Proprioception in Arm-Trunk Coordination during Reaching, Experimental Brain Research, 2003, 153, 343-355.
Messier J., Adamovich S.V., Berkinblit M.B., Tunik E. and Poizner H. Influence of movement speed on accuracy and coordination of reaching movements to memorized targets in 3-D space in a deafferented subject. Experimental Brain Research, 2003, 150, 399-416.
Krebs H.I., Volpe B, Aisen M., Hening W, Adamovich S.V., Poizner H., Subrahmanyan K, Hogan N. Robotic Applications in Neuromotor Rehabilitation, Robotica, 2003,21: 3-11.
Adamovich S.V., Archambault P., Ghafouri M., Levin M.F., Poizner H. and Feldman A.G. Hand trajectory invariance in reaching movements involving the trunk, Experimental Brain Research, 2001, 138: 288-303.
Jack D., Boian R., Merians A., Tremaine M., Burdea G.C., Adamovich S.V., Recce M., and Poizner H. Virtual Reality-Based Stroke Rehabilitation, IEEE Transactions on Neural Systems and Rehabilitation Engineering, 2001, 9: 308-318.
Adamovich, S.V., Berkinblit, M.B., Hening, W., Sage J. and Poizner, H. The interaction of visual and proprioceptive inputs in pointing to actual and remembered targets in Parkinson´s disease, Neuroscience, 2001, 104: 1027-1041.
Poizner H., Feldman A., Levin M., Berkinblit M., Hening W., Patel A., and Adamovich S.V. Arm-trunk coordination is deficient and vision-dependent in Parkinson´s patients during reaching movements, Experimental Brain Research, 2000, 133: 279-292.
Adamovich S.V., Berkinblit M.B., Fookson O., and Poizner H. Pointing in 3D space to remembered targets: II Effects of movement speed toward kinesthetically defined targets. Experimental Brain Research, 1999, 125: 200-210.
Adamovich S.V., Berkinblit M.B., Fookson O., and Poizner H. Pointing in 3D space to remembered targets: I. Kinesthetic versus visual target presentation. Journal of Neurophysiology, 1998, 79: 2833-2846.
Poizner H., Fookson O., Berkinblit M.B., Hening W., Feldman G. and Adamovich S.V. Pointing to remembered targets in 3D space in Parkinson´s disease. Motor Control, 1998, 2: 251-277.
Adamovich S.V., Levin M.F. and Feldman A.G. Central modifications of reflex parameters may underlie the fastest arm movements. Journal of Neurophysiology, 1997, 77: 1460-1469.
St-Onge N., Adamovich S.V. and Feldman A.G. Control processes underlying elbow flexion movements may be independent of kinematic and electromyographic patterns: experimental study and modeling. Neuroscience, 1997, 79: 295-316.
Feldman A., Adamovich S. and Levin M. A frame of reference hypothesis for movement control: verification for fast single-joint movements in humans. Experimental Brain Research, 1995, 103: 440-450.
Adamovich S., Levin M. and Feldman A. Merging different motor patterns: Coordination between the rhythmical and discrete single-joint movements. Experimental Brain Research, 1994, 99: 325-337.
Adamovich S., Berkinblit M., Smetanin B., Fookson O., Poizner H. Influence of movement speed on accuracy of pointing to memorized targets in 3-D space. Neuroscience Letters, 1994, 172: 171-174.
Jack D., Boian R., Merians A., Adamovich S.V., Tremaine M., Recce M., Burdea G.C., and Poizner H. A virtual reality-based exercise program for stroke rehabilitation. Proceedings of ASSETS 2000: Fourth ACM SIGCAPH Conference on Assistive Technologies, Arlington VA, 2000, pp 56-63.