Section: Overview
Overview
Key publications
Research funding
Supervising & teaching
Career

Key details

Areas of expertise

  • Assistive Technologies for Gait and Posture
  • Gait biomechanics
  • Biomedical Engineering - Sensor Technologies in Healthcare
  • Machine Learning for biomedical data analysis

Available to supervise research students

Available for media queries

About Rezaul Begg

Professor Rezaul Begg received his BSc in Electrical Engineering from Bangladesh University of Engineering and Technology (BUET) and a PhD in Biomedical Engineering from The University of Aberdeen, UK. Prior to commencing at Victoria University, Professor Begg held appointments at Deakin University, the University of Aberdeen and BUET.

At Victoria University he leads a multidisciplinary “Gait and Intelligent Technologies” research group, comprising 7 PhD students and 2 postdoctoral research fellows. This group’s focus is technologies with application to both unimpaired and pathological gait. Techniques have been developed to improve walking, mitigate injury risk and reduce balance-loss across a range of populations. Projects include: sensor technology and biofeedback applications to gait diagnosis and remediation; interventions to improve gait in older adults and patients with stroke or diabetic neuropathy; assistive technologies for enhancing physical and physiological performance.

Professor Begg is Chair in Assistive Technologies within the Physical Assistive Technology Innovation (PATI) programme, a research and development collaboration between Victoria University, Defence Science Technology (DST) Group and The University of Melbourne. PATI is internationally recognised in Assistive Technologies research, with a record of accomplishment in improving and developing systems to assist locomotion. PATI's primary focus is lower-limb exoskeletons to assist load-carrying capabilities and wearable devices to augment the function of either an entire limb or a single joint.

Professor Begg has collaborated with industry: Intertile Pty, Global Safe Australia, ASICS Oceania Pty Ltd, Cobalt Pty Ltd. His research has a strong focus on knowledge transfer and commercial translation. A footwear insole has been patented that changes walking mechanics to reduce injuries. The product is applicable to a range of gait and balance disorders and has been commercialised in collaboration with a Japanese footwear company.

Professor Begg is a senior member of the IEEE professional society, IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society (EMBS), and IEEE Computational Intelligence Society (CIS). Professor Begg serves as an Associate Editor on IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society (EMBS) Conferences in the area of Biomechanics and Biorobotics. He is an editorial board member of Journal of Biomechanics and Sensors. He has contributed to organizing over 20 international conferences. He has received several awards for academic excellence, including ICISIP Best paper award, VC’s citation award for excellence in research at Victoria University, BUET Gold medal and Chancellor prize.

Qualifications

  • PhD in Biomedical Engineering from The University of Aberdeen
  • MSc in Electrical Engineering from Bangladesh University of Engineering and Technology
  • BSc in Electrical Engineering from Bangladesh University of Engineering and Technology

Key publications

Year Citation
2019 Zaroug, A., Proud, J. K., Lai, D. TH., Mudie, K., Billing, D., & Begg, R. (190101). Overview of computational intelligence (CI) techniques for powered exoskeletons (pp. 353-383).

doi: 10.1007/978-3-662-57277-1_15

Year Citation
2019 Begg, R., Galea, M. P., James, L., Sparrow, W. AT., Levinger, P., Khan, F., & Said, C. M. (190531). Real-time foot clearance biofeedback to assist gait rehabilitation following stroke: A randomized controlled trial protocol. Trials, 20(1),

doi: 10.1186/s13063-019-3404-6

2018 Mudie, K. L., Boynton, A. C., Karakolis, T., O'Donovan, M. P., Kanagaki, G. B., Crowell, H. P., Begg, R. K., LaFiandra, M. E., & Billing, D. C. (181101). Consensus paper on testing and evaluation of military exoskeletons for the dismounted combatant. Journal of Science and Medicine in Sport, 21(11), (1154-1161).

doi: 10.1016/j.jsams.2018.05.016

2017 Santhiranayagam, B. K., Sparrow, W. A., Lai, D. TH., & Begg, R. K. (170301). Non-MTC gait cycles: An adaptive toe trajectory control strategy in older adults. Gait and Posture, 53 (73-79).

doi: 10.1016/j.gaitpost.2016.11.044

2016 Khandoker, A. H., Sparrow, W. A., & Begg, R. K. (161101). Tone entropy analysis of augmented information effects on toe-ground clearance when walking. IEEE Transactions on Neural Systems and Rehabilitation Engineering, 24(11), (1218-1224).

doi: 10.1109/TNSRE.2016.2538294

2016 Ewing, K. A., Begg, R. K., Galea, M. P., & Lee, P. VS. (160701). Effects of Prophylactic Knee Bracing on Lower Limb Kinematics, Kinetics, and Energetics during Double-Leg Drop Landing at 2 Heights. American Journal of Sports Medicine, 44(7), (1753-1761).

doi: 10.1177/0363546516637178

2015 Santhiranayagam, B. K., Lai, D. TH., Sparrow, W. A., & Begg, R. K. (151216). A machine learning approach to estimate Minimum Toe Clearance using Inertial Measurement Units. Journal of Biomechanics, 48(16), (4309-4316).

doi: 10.1016/j.jbiomech.2015.10.040

2015 Santhiranayagam, B. K., Lai, D. TH., Sparrow, W. A., & Begg, R. K. (150712). Minimum toe clearance events in divided attention treadmill walking in older and young adults: A cross-sectional study. Journal of NeuroEngineering and Rehabilitation, 12(1),

doi: 10.1186/s12984-015-0052-2

2014 Begg, R. K., Tirosh, O., Said, C. M., Sparrow, W. A., Steinberg, N., Levinger, P., & Galea, M. P. (140508). Gait training with real-time augmented toe-ground clearance information decreases tripping risk in older adults and a person with chronic stroke. Frontiers in Human Neuroscience, 8(MAY),

doi: 10.3389/fnhum.2014.00243

2013 Tirosh, O., Cambell, A., Begg, R. K., & Sparrow, W. A. (130101). Biofeedback training effects on minimum toe clearance variability during treadmill walking. Annals of Biomedical Engineering, 41(8), (1661-1669).

doi: 10.1007/s10439-012-0673-6

Research funding for the past 5 years

Please note:

  • Funding is ordered by the year the project commenced and may continue over several years.
  • Funding amounts for contact research are not disclosed to maintain commercial confidentiality.
  • The order of investigators is not indicative of the role they played in the research project.

Identification of Target Use-Cases and Applications for Wearables Variation 1 to Program in Assistive Technology Innovation (PATI)
From: Defence Science and Technology Organisation, Australia
For period: 2019-2019
Not disclosed
Machine Learning for Improved Spine Exoskeleton Control
From: The University of Melbourne
Investigators: Aspr Tze huei Lai
For period: 2019-2020
$49,600

Physiological and psychophysiological responses to assisted locomotion during load carriage.
From: Defence Science and Technology Organisation, Australia
Investigators: Prof David Bishop
For period: 2017-2021
Not disclosed
Biomechanical Analysis of Athletics Performance
From: Victorian Institute of Sport
Investigators: Dr Karen Mickle
For period: 2017-2019
Not disclosed
Stage 1 Testing services for Ox Exoskeleton.
From: COBALT DESIGN PTY LTD
Investigators: Dr Aaron Petersen
For period: 2017-2017
Not disclosed

Effects of the 8-Week Pilates Program on Health of Older Adults: Locomotive and Brain Functions
From: Global Bridge Grant
For period: 2016-2016
Not disclosed
Program in Assistive Technology Innovation (PATI).
From: Defence Science and Technology Organisation, Australia
Investigators: Prof David Bishop
For period: 2016-2019
Not disclosed
PATI - DST Group Research Fellow in Assistive Technology.
From: Defence Science and Technology Organisation, Australia
Investigators: Prof David Bishop
For period: 2016-2018
$213,625
Can Real-time Biofeedback of Foot Clearance Data be used to Assist with Gait Rehabilitation following Stroke?
From: NHMRC - Projects
Investigators: Dr Charles Lawoko, Dr William (tony) Sparrow, Aspr Pazit Levinger
For period: 2016-2019
$587,143

Using Virtual Reality Environments in Gait Biomechanics Experiments to Determine the Slip Resistance of Flooring Materials
From: Earp Bros Grant, Australian Tile Council Victorian Division Grant, Australian Stone Advisory Association Ltd Grant, Advanced Technology Testing and Research Grant, Global Safe Technologies Grant
Investigators: Dr William (tony) Sparrow
For period: 2015-2016
$22,000

Active ageing in the western suburb communities - a novel dynamic exercise initiative for older people to improve health and well being.
From: Gandel Charitable Trust
Investigators: Prof Andrew Stewart, Prof Remco Polman, Aspr Pazit Levinger
For period: 2013-2016
$27,000

Supervision of research students at VU

Available to supervise research students

Available for media queries

Currently supervised research students at VU

No. of students Study level Role
1 PhD Associate supervisor
8 PhD Principal supervisor

Currently supervised research students at VU

Students & level Role
PhD (1) Associate supervisor
PhD (8) Principal supervisor

Completed supervision of research students at VU

No. of students Study level Role
3 PhD Principal supervisor
2 PhD Associate supervisor
1 Masters by Research Principal supervisor

Completed supervision of research students at VU

Students & level Role
PhD (3) Principal supervisor
PhD (2) Associate supervisor
Masters by Research (1) Principal supervisor

Professional memberships

  • Chair, Physical Assistive Technologies Innovation