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    Gregory J. Gerling, Ph.D.

    Associate Professor

    Systems and Information Engineering

    gregory-gerling virginia edu


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Peer-Reviewed Journal Articles


Hauser, S. C. and Gerling, G. J., Force-rate Cues Reduce Object Deformation Necessary to Discriminate Compliances Harder than the Skin, IEEE Transactions on Haptics, 2017 (pdf)

Marshall, K. L., Clary, R. C., Baba, Y., Orlowsky, R. L., Gerling, G. J., & Lumpkin, E. A., Touch Receptors Undergo Rapid Remodeling in Healthy Skin, Cell Reports, 17(7), 17191727 2016 (pdf)

Wang, Y., Baba, Y., Lumpkin, E. A., & Gerling, G. J., Computational modeling indicates that surface pressure can be reliably conveyed to tactile receptors even amidst changes in skin mechanics, Journal of Neurophysiology, 116(1), 218 2016 (pdf)

Wang, Y., Marshall, K.L., Baba, Y., Lumpkin, E.A., and Gerling, G.J., Compressive Viscoelasticity of Freshly Excised Mouse Skin Is Dependent on Specimen Thickness, Strain Level and Rate, PLoS ONE, 10(3): e0120897 2015 (pdf)

Nghiem, B.T., Sando, I.C., Gillespie, R.B., McLaughlin, B.L., Gerling, G.J., Langhals, N.B., Urbanchek, M.G., and Cederna, P.S., Providing a Sense of Touch to Prosthetic Hands, Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, 135(6):1652-1663 2015 (pdf)

Gerling, G.J., Rivest, I.I., Lesniak, D.R., Scanlon, J.R., and Wan, L., Validating a Population Model of Tactile Mechanotransduction of Slowly Adapting Type I Afferents at Levels of Skin Mechanics, Single-unit Response, and Psychophysics, IEEE Transactions on Haptics, 7(2):216-228; Apr-Jun 2014 (pdf)

Lesniak, D.R., Marshall, K.L., Wellnitz, S.A., Jenkins, B.A., Baba, Y., Rasband, M.N., Gerling, G.J., and Lumpkin, E.A., Computation Identifies Structural Features that Govern Neuronal Firing Properties in Slowly Adapting Touch Receptors, eLife, 3:e01448 2014 (pdf)

Nakayama, J.M., Gerling, G.J., Horst, K.E., Fitz, V.W.; Smolkin, M.E., Cantrell, L.A., and Modesitt, S.C., A Simulation Study of the Factors Influencing the Risk of Intra-operative Slipping, Ovarian Cancer and Other Gynecologic Cancer, 7(1-2):24-28, Dec 2014 (pdf)

Wang, Y., Marshall, K.L., Baba, Y., Gerling, G.J., Lumpkin, E.A., Hyperelastic material properties of mouse skin under compression, PLoS ONE, 8(6): e67439 2013 (pdf)

Kim, E.K., Bourdon, S.M., Wellnitz, S.A., Lumpkin, E.A., and Gerling, G.J., Force sensor in simulated skin and neural model mimic tactile SAI afferent spiking response to ramp and hold stimuli, Journal of NeuroEngineering and Rehabilitation, 9(45) 2012 (pdf)

Kowalik, C.G., Gerling, G.J., Lee, A.J., Carson, W.C., Harper, Moskaluk, C.A. and Krupski, T.L., Construct validity in a high-fidelity prostate exam simulator, Prostate Cancer and Prostatic Diseases,15: 63–69 2012 (pdf)

Carson, W.C., Gerling, G. J., Krupski, T.L., Gundersen, C.A., Harper, J. C., and Moskaluk, C.A., Material Characterziation of ex vivo prostate tissue via spherical indentation in the clinic, Medical Engineering & Physics, 33(3): 302-309 2011 (pdf)

Wang, N., Gerling, G.J., Krupski, T.L., Moyer Childress, R., and Martin M.L. Using a prostate exam simulator to decipher palpation techniques that facilitate abnormality detection near clinical limits, Simulation in Healthcare: The Journal of the Society for Simulation in Healthcare, 5(3):152-160 2010 (pdf(*)

Wellnitz, S.A., Lesniak, D.L., Gerling, G.J., and Lumpkin, E.A. The regularity of sustained firing reveals two populations of slowly adapting touch receptors in mouse hairy skin, Journal of Neurophysiology, 103 (6), 3378-3388 2010 (pdf)

Dunn Lopez, K., Gerling, G.J., Cary, M. P., and Kanak, M. F. Cognitive work analysis to evaluate the problem of patient falls in an inpatient setting, JAMIA: Journal of the American Medical Informatics Association, 17 (3), 313-321 2010 (pdf)

Wang, N., Gerling, G.J., Moyer Childress, R., and Martin M.L. Quantifying palpation techniques in relation to performance in a clinical prostate exam, IEEE Transactions on Information Technology in Biomedicine,  14(4): 1088-97 2010 (pdf)

Yin, J., Gerling, G.J., and Chen, X.. Mechanical modeling of a wrinkled fingertip immersed in water, Acta Biomaterialia, 6 (4), 1487-1496 2010 (pdf)

Gerling, G.J., SA-I mechanoreceptor position in fingertip skin may impact sensitivity to edge stimuli, Applied Bionics and Biomechanics, 7 (1), 19-29 2010 (pdf(*)

Baumgart, L.A., Gerling, G.J., and Bass, E.J. Characterizing the range of simulated prostate abnormalities palpable by digital rectal examination, Cancer Epidemiology, 34 (1), 79-84 2010 (pdf) (*)

Maricich, S.M., Wellnitz, S.A., Aislyn M., Nelson, A.M., Lesniak, D.R., Gerling, G.J., Lumpkin, E.A., and Zoghbi, H.Y. Merkel cells are essential for light tough responses, Science, 324 (5934), 1580-1582 2009 (pdf)

Lesniak, D.R. and Gerling G.J. Predicting SA-I mechanoreceptor spike times with a skin-neuron model, Mathematical Biosciences, 220, 15-23 2009 (pdf)

Gerling G.J., Rigsbee, S., Moyer Childress, R., and Martin, M.L. The design and evaluation of a computerized and physical simulator for training clinical prostate exams, IEEE Transactions on Systems, Man, and Cybernetics – Part A: Systems and Humans, 39 (2), 388-403 2009 (pdf)

Gerling G.J. and Thomas G.W. Fingerprint lines may not directly affect SA-I mechanoreceptor response, Somatosensory and Motor Research, 25 (1), 61-76 2008 (pdf) (*)

Gerling G.J. and Thomas G.W. Augmented, pulsating tactile feedback facilitates simulator training of clinical breast examinations, Human Factors: The Journal of the Human Factors and Ergonomics Society, 47 (3), 670-681 2005 (pdf)

Gerling G.J., Weissman A.M., Thomas G.W., and Dove E.L. Effectiveness of a dynamic breast examination training model to improve clinical breast examination (CBE) skills, Cancer Detection and Prevention, 27 (6): 451-456 2003 (pdf)


 

Conference Proceedings 

Hauser, S. C., & Gerling, G. J., Measuring tactile cues at the fingerpad for object compliances harder and softer than the skin . Presented at the 2016 IEEE Haptics Symposium (HAPTICS), IEEE, Philadelphia, PA, pp. 247252 2016 (pdf)

Wang, Y. and Gerling, G.J., Computational Modeling Reinforces that Proprioceptive Cues May Augment Compliance Discrimination When Elasticity Is Decoupled From Radius of Curvature, In Proceedings, Eurohaptics, Versailles, France, 2014 (pdf)

Lesniak, D.R. and Gerling, G.J., Mimicking the End Organ Architecture of Slowly Adapting Type I Afferents May Increase the Durability of Artificial Touch Sensors, Proceedings of the 2014 IEEE Haptic Interfaces for Virtual Environment and Teleoperator Systems, Houston, TX, pp. 361 - 366 2014 (pdf)

Williams, A.L. and Gerling, G.J., Using Spatial Summation of Multi-Site Stimulation Electrodes to Improve the Capability of a Sensory Neural Interface, Proceedings of the 6th International IEEE EMBS Conference on Neural Engineering, San Diego, CA, pp. 1115 - 1118 2013 (pdf)

Kim, E.K., Sugg, K.B., Langhals, N.B., Lightbody, S.M., Baltrusaitis, M.E., Urbanchek, M.G., Cederna, P.S., Gerling, G.J., An Engineered Tactile Afferent Modulation Platform to Elicit Compound Sensory Nerve Action Potentials in Response to Force Magnitude, Proceedings of the IEEE World Haptics Conference 2013, The 5th Joint Eurohaptics Conference and IEEE Haptics Symposium, April 14-17, 2013, Daejeon, South Korea, pp. 241-230 (* best paper) (pdf)

Wang, Y., Marshall, K.L., Baba, Y., Lumpkin, E.A., Gerling, G.J., Natural Variation in Skin Thickness Argues for Mechanical Stimulus Control by Force Instead of Displacement, Proceedings of the IEEE World Haptics Conference 2013, The 5th Joint Eurohaptics Conference and IEEE Haptics Symposium, April 14-17, 2013, Daejeon, South Korea, pp. 645-650 (pdf)

Wang, Y., Marshall, K.L., Baba, Y., Lumpkin, E.A., Gerling, G.J., Viscoelasticity of mouse skin under compression is dependent on level of strain, Proceedings of the 11th International Symposium on Computer Methods in Biomechanics and Biomedical Engineering, April 3-7, 2013, Salt Lake City, UT, USA (*)

Langhals, N.B., Kim, E.K., Sugg, K.B., Lightbody, S.M., Baltrusaitis, M.E., Urbanchek, M.G., Cederna, P.S., Gerling, G.J. Design and validation of sensory neuroprosthesis. Supplement to Plast Reconstr Surg, 2013;131, (5S): 60-60.

Sugg KB, Urbanchek MG, Baba Y, Kim EK, Lumpkin EA, Gerling GJ, Cederna PS, Langhals NB. In vivo sensory recordings using a novel skin-flap chamber and custom mechanical indenter. Supplement to Plast Reconstr Surg. 130(2S):480 2012

Farrington, M.W., Gerling, G.J., Kohan, L. R., Johnson, S.L., A Multisensory Illusion with Haptic Interaction to Treat Phantom Limb Pain, Proceedings of the 2012 IEEE Haptic Interfaces for Virtual Environment and Teleoperator Systems, Vancouver, Canada, pp 217-222 2012 (pdf)

Jahangiri, A. and Gerling, G.J., A multi-timescale adaptive threshold model for the SAI tactile afferent to predict response to mechanical vibration, Proceedings of the 5th International IEEE EMBS Conference on Neural Engineering, Cancun, Mexico, pp 152-155 2011 (pdf)

Rivest, I.I., and Gerling, G.J., Optimizing Populations of SAI Tactile Mechanoreceptors to Enable Activities of Daily Living, Proceedings of the 2011 IEEE World Haptics Conference, Istanbul, Turkey, pp 53-58 2011 (pdf) 

Williams, A., Gerling, G.J.,  Wellnitz, S.A., Boudon, S., Lumpkin, E.A., Skin Relaxation Predicts Neural Firing Rate Adaptation in SAI Touch Receptors.  Proceedings of the IEEE (EBMS) Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society, Buenos Aires, Argentina, pp. 6678-6681 2010 (pdf)

Kim, E.K., Gerling, G.J., Wellnitz, S.A., and Lumpkin, E.A., Using force sensors and neural models to encode tactile stimuli as spike-based response, Proceedings of the 2010 IEEE Haptic Interfaces for Virtual Environment and Teleoperator Systems, Boston, MA, pp 195-198 2010 (pdf)

Rivest, I.I. and Gerling, G.J., Evaluating populations of tactile sensors for curvature discrimination, Proceedings of the 2010 IEEE Haptic Interfaces for Virtual Environment and Teleoperator Systems, Boston, MA, pp 59-62 2010 (pdf)

Baumgart, L.A., Gerling, G.J., and Bass, E.J., Psychophysical detection of inclusions with the bare finger amidst softness differentials, Proceedings of the 2010 IEEE Haptic Interfaces for Virtual Environment and Teleoperator Systems, Boston, MA, pp 17-20 2010 (pdf)

Lesniak, D.L., Wellnitz, S.A., Gerling, G.J. and Lumpkin, E.A., Statistical analysis and modeling of variance in the SAI mechanoreceptor response to sustained indentation.  Proceedings of the IEEE (EBMS) Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society, Minneapolis, MN, pp. 6814-6817 2009 (pdf)

Wagner, M., Gerling, G.J., and Scanlon, J., Validation of a 3-D finite element human fingerpad model composed of multiple anatomically correct tissue layers.  Proceedings of the 2008 IEEE Haptic Interfaces for Virtual Environment and Teleoperator Systems, Reno, NV, pp 101-105 2008 (pdf)

Wang, N., Gerling, G.J., Moyer Childress, R., and Martin M.L. Characterizing finger palpation in the detection of prostate cancers and abnormalities.  Proceedings of the Human Factors and Ergonomics Society 52nd Annual Meeting, New York City, NY, pp. 813-817 2008 (pdf)

Rigsbee, S., Gerling G.J., Moyer Childress, R. and Martin, M. L., A computerized physical simulator for training clinical prostate palpation skills.  IEEE Systems, Man and Cybernetics Conference, Montreal, Canada, pp. 2223-2227 2007 (pdf)

Raja, N.S., Schleser, J.A., Norman, W.P., Myzie, C.D., Gerling, G.J., and Martin, M. L., Simulation framework for training chest tube insertion using force feedback virtual reality devices.  IEEE Systems, Man and Cybernetics Conference, Montreal, Canada, pp. 2261-2266 2007 (pdf)

Gerling, G.J., The sampling position within, not the undulating geometry of, fingertip skin microstructure may amplify the sensation of edges.  Proceedings of the 2006 Symposium on Haptic Interfaces for Virtual Environment and Teleoperator Systems, Alexandria, VA, pp. 141-145 2006 (pdf)

Gerling G.J., Thomas G.W., Two dimensional finite element modeling to identify physiological bases for Tactile Gap Discrimination.  Proceedings of the Human Factors and Ergonomics Society Annual Meeting, Orlando, FL, pp. 891-895, 2006 

Gerling G.J., Thomas G.W., The effect of fingertip microstructures on tactile edge perception. Proceedings of the 2005 IEEE Haptic Interfaces for Virtual Environment and Teleoperator Systems - 1st World Haptics Symposium, Pisa, Italy, pp. 63-72 2005 (pdf)

Gerling, G.J., & Thomas, G.W. Effect of augmented visual performance feedback on the effectiveness of clinical breast examination training with a dynamically configurable breast model. Proceedings of the IEEE Systems, Man and Cybernetics Conference, Washington, D.C., Volume 3, pp. 2095-2100 2003 (pdf)

Gerling, G.J., Thomas, G.W., Weissman, A.M., & Dove, E.L., Dynamic simulator for training clinical breast examination. Proceedings of the Human Factors and Ergonomics Society 46th Annual Meeting, Baltimore, MD., pp 1472-1476 2002 (pdf)

Book Chapters, Technical Reports and Theses

Gerling, G.J., Lesniak, D.R., and Kim, E.K.,  Touch mechanoreceptors: Modeling and simulating the skin and receptors to predict the timing of action potentials, Chapter in the book: FRONTIERS IN SENSING - Biology and Engineering, Editors: Friedrich G. Barth, Joseph A.C. Humphrey, Mandyam V. Srinivasan, pp. 225-238 2012 (pdf)

Gerling G.J., Fingertip microstructures aid tactile edge sensation [Ph.D. dissertation]. Iowa City, IA: University of Iowa ; 2005

Gerling, G.J., Thomas, G.W., Weissman, A.M., CCAD Technical Report R03-01 Dynamic Simulator Technical Description, Version 1.1, http://www.ccad.uiowa.edu/pdf/techrep/r03-01.pdf

Gerling G.J., Dynamic simulator for clinical breast examination training [M.S. thesis]. Iowa City, IA: University of Iowa ; 2001

Invited Talks

HHMI Janelia Farms (2013), Ashburn, VA, Mamillian Circuits Underlying Touch Sensation Conference. Talk title: Computational skin mechanics and neural dynamics models of tactile mechanotransduction 

University of Pennsylvania (2013), Philadelphia, PA.  Joint Talk in the Institute for Research in Cognitive Science / General Robotics, Automation, Sensing and Perception.

University of Iowa (2012), Iowa City, IA, Joint Seminar in Industrial Engineering and Biomedical Engineering.

Virginia Commonwealth University (2011), Richmond, VA.  Biomedical Engineering.

Johns Hopkins University (2011), Baltimore, MD.  Laboratory for Computational Sensing and Robotics and Department of Neuroscience. 

Tactile Research Group Meeting (2010), St. Louis, MI, held along with the Psychonomic Society Annual Meeting.  Talk entitled: Computational Models of Tactile Mechanotransduction

Human-Robot Interaction (HRI) Workshop and Working Meeting (2009), Havre de Grace, MD. Sponsored by the Army Research Laboratory’s Advanced Decision Architectures (ADA) Collaborative Technology Alliance.

University of Buffalo (2008), Buffalo, NY.  Department of Industrial and Systems Engineering.

Sensors and Sensing in Biology and Engineering (2008), Calabria, Italy

SIE’s Accelerated Master’s Program (2009), Charlottesville, VA

Old Dominion University (2008), Norfolk, VA. 

U.Va. Medical School, (2008), Charlottesville, VA.  Clinical Connections.  Talk entitled: A physical simulator for training clinical palpation skills in exams of the prostate gland.

Navy Research Labs (2007), Washington D.C. 

NEUROENGINEERING NOW: A Neuroengineering Conference at the University of Texas at Dallas (2006), Dallas, TX.  Talk entitled: Fingertip skin microstructures impact the neural encoding of touch.

Kluge Research Group (2006), Charlottesville, VA.  Talk entitled: Neural encoding of touch sensation.

University of Virginia, Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering (2006), Charlottesville, VA.  Talk entitled: Fingertip skin microstructures enhance touch sensation

International Conference on Breast Cancer, Victoria, Canada. Abstract and Poster Presentation, 2002

St. Ambrose University (2002), Davenport, Iowa  

Patents

2005 Patent 6,945,783 with US Patent Office Awarded – Interactive breast examination training model

2007 Provisional Patent through University of Virginia with US Patent Office – A computerized physical simulator for training clinical prostate palpation skills