Serge Roy, Sc.D., P.T.

Serge Roy, Sc.D., P.T.

Director of Research at Altec Inc

Dr. Serge Roy is the Director of Research at Altec Inc, the research arm of Delsys Inc. He also serves as a key member of the Delsys Education Team since the Companies founding. His recent transition to a full-time position at Altec/Delsys follows 25 years at the Neuro Muscular Research Center (NMRC) at Boston University where he held a Research Professor appointment. Dr. Roy maintains an Adjunct Research Professor position at BU Sargent College of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences in their Department of Physical Therapy.

Dr. Roy received his graduate training at Boston University (M.S., 1981; Sc.D., 1992, Applied Anatomy and Kinesiology), and his undergraduate training at New York University (B.S., 1975, Physical Therapy), Stevens Institute of Technology (’67-’68) and Columbia University of School of Engineering (’68-’71). He has been a registered physical therapist since 1981, specializing in patients with neurological disorders.

Dr. Roy is the recipient of the Elizabeth C. Adams Award as the outstanding Graduate of N.Y.U. and two group achievement awards from NASA for experiments involving Space Shuttle Life-Science I and II missions. He is a Fellow of the American Institute for Medical and Biological Engineering (AIMBE) and was appointed as the first Fellow of the International Society of Electrophysiology and Kinesiology (ISEK), where he also served as President. Dr. Roy has published more than 50 original reports and 100 abstracts in peer-reviewed publications and is the lead author of The Rehabilitation Specialist’s Handbook, a leading reference book in the field. He has co-authored, and served as a key person, on extramural research grants from the NIH, NIDRR, DARPA, NASA, VA, NATO, and private sources totaling over $30M.

Dr. Roy’s primary research interests are directed at a) developing EMG system applications  for research into normal and disordered muscle function, b) developing wearable sensor systems for voiceless communication and automated monitoring of movement disorders, and c) assessing motor unit firing properties during isometric and dynamic contractions.

Recent Publications

Roy SH, Cole BT, Gilmore LD, De Luca CJ, Thomas CA, Saint-Hilaire MM and Nawab SH. High-resolution tracking of motor disorders in Parkinson’s disease during unconstrained activity. Movement Disorders,28(8):1080-87, July 2013. PMID: 23520058.

De Luca CJ, Chang SS, Roy SH, Kline JC, Nawab SH, Decomposition of surface EMG signals from cyclic dynamic contractions. J Neurophysiol. 2015 Mar 15;113(6):1941-51. doi: 10.1152/jn.00555.2014. Epub 2014 Dec 24.PMID:25540220

Roy SH, Cole BT, Gilmore LD, De Luca CJ, Thomas CA, Saint-Hilaire MM, Nawab SH. High-Resolution Tracking of Motor Disorders in Parkinson’s Disease During Unconstrained Activity. Movement Disorder (2013), doi:10.1002/mds.25391

Roy SH, Cheng MS, Chang SS, Moore J, De Luca G, Nawab SH, and De Luca CJ. A combined sEMG and accelerometer system for monitoring functional activity in stroke. IEEE Transactions on Neural Systems and Rehabilitation Engineering, 17 (6): 585-94, 2009. PMID: 20071273.

Zaheer F, Roy SH, De Luca CJ. Preferred sensor sites for surface EMG signal detection. Physiological Measurement, 33(2):195-206, 2012. PMID: 22260842.

Roy SH, De Luca G, Cheng S, Johansson A, Gilmore LD, and De Luca CJ. Electro-Mechanical stability of surface EMG sensors. Medical & Biological Engineering & Computing, 45: 447-457, 2007. PMID: 17458582.

De Luca CJ, Kuznetsov M, Gilmore LD and Roy SH. Inter-electrode spacing of surface EMG sensors: Reduction of crosstalk contamination during voluntary contractions. Journal of Biomechanics,45(3): 555-561, 2011. PMID: 22169134.

Ren X. Salazar R., Neargarder S., Roy S.H., Ellis T.D., Saltzman E, Cronin-Golumb A.. Veering in Hemi-Parkinson’s Disease:Primacy of Visual over Motor Contributions. Vision Research. Oct;115(Pt A):119-27, 2015 doi: 10.1016/j.visres.2015.08.011 PMID:26325394 PMCID:PMC45933

Jaywant, A. Ellis, T.D., Roy, S.H., Lin, C.-C., Neargarder, S., & Cronin-Golomb, A. Randomized controlled trial of a home-based action observation intervention to improve walking in Parkinson disease. Arch Phys Med Rehabil. 2016 May;97(5):665-73. doi: 10.1016/j.apmr.2015.12.029. PMID:26808782

Jaywant, A., Shiffrar, M., Roy, S.H., & Cronin-Golomb, A. Impaired perception of biological motion in Parkinson’s disease. Neuropsychology. 2016 Sep;30(6):720-30. doi: 10.1037/neu0000276. PMID:26949927

Meltzner G.S., Heaton J.T., Deng Y, De Luca G., Roy, S.H., Kline J.C. Silent speech recognition as an alternative communication device for persons with laryngectomy. IEEE Trans Audio, Speech, and Language Processing. 25(12):2386-2398, 2017. PMID: 29552581