Carnegie Mellon University

Neural Engineering

Research in Neural Engineering at Carnegie Mellon University merges CMU's core strengths in fundamental engineering, machine learning, artificial intelligence, and micromechanical device design with our fundamental and applied neuroscience thrusts. This research benefits from synergistic interactions with our research partners such as BrainHub and the Center for the Neural Basis of Cognition, as well as close collaborative ties with clinical institutions.

Key focus areas within Neural Engineering include Brain-Computer Interfaces, Neural Modulation, and Neural Imaging.

Research within Neural Engineering includes the basic mechanistic research of and development of novel systems neuroengineering technologies for sensing, interfacing, imaging, and modulating the nervous systems. These include, but are not limited to, brain-computer interfaces for use in paralysis, neural stimulation device design for sensory and motor prostheses and basic science research, and neural recording and imaging devices ranging from the micro- to the macro- scale.

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Alison Barth

Professor, Biological Sciences and Biomedical Engineering

Research Interests

Activity-dependent gene expression in the CNS; the cellular and synaptic mechanisms that underlie learning and memory; the effect of behavioral training on neural excitability and anatomy

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Marlene Behrmann

George A. and Helen Dunham Cowan Professor, Cognitive Neuroscience, Center for the Neural Basis of Cognition, and Department of Psychology; Professor, Biomedical Engineering

Research Interests

Visual system; human adult and children; brain damage; neuroscience; electrophysiology

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Maysam Chamanzar

Assistant Professor, Electrical and Computer Engineering and Biomedical Engineering

Research Interests

Neural engineering; multimodal (electro-acousto-optical) neural interfacing; bio-photonics; optogenetics; bio-sensing

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Steven M. Chase

Associate Professor, Biomedical Engineering and Center for the Neural Basis of Cognition

Research Interests

Brain-computer interfaces; neural engineering; motor learning; motor control

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Tzahi (Itzhaq) Cohen-Karni

Assistant Professor, Biomedical Engineering and Materials Science & Engineering

Research Interests

Nano-biotechnology; nano-bio interfaces; nanomaterials synthesis; biomedical applications of nanowires/nanotubes; biomedical nanodevices/sensors

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Hartmut Geyer

Associate Professor, Robotics Institute and Biomedical Engineering

Research Interests

Legged dynamics and control; motor control of human locomotion; powered prosthetics; humanoid robotics

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Aryn Gittis

Associate Professor, Biological Sciences and Biomedical Engineering

Research Interests

Electrophysiology; optogenetics; neural circuits; movement disorders

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Pulkit Grover

Assistant Professor, Electrical & Computer Engineering, Center for Neural Basis of Cognition, and Biomedical Engineering

Research Interests

Theory, noninvasive neural sensing and stimulation

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Bin He

Professor and Head, Biomedical Engineering
Professor, Electrical & Computer Engineering, and Center for Neural Basis of Cognition

Research Interests

Electrophysiological source imaging; brain-computer interface; neuromodulation; inverse problem; functional neuroimaging; tissue electrical property imaging

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Jana Kainerstorfer

Assistant Professor, Biomedical Engineering

Research Interests

Biomedical optics; neurophotonics; neural sensing; medical devices; optical imaging of cerebral perfusion; portable optical devices for disease monitoring; clinical translation of optical devices; bedside monitoring of cerebral trauma

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Shawn K. Kelly

Adjunct Associate Professor, Biomedical Engineering; Senior Systems Scientist, Engineering Research Accelerator; Research Biomedical Engineer, VA Pittsburgh Healthcare System

Research Interests

Retinal prostheses for the blind; neural prostheses; neural stimulation circuitry; wireless power and data telemetry for medical devices;  hermetic packaging for medical devices

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Sandra J. Kuhlman

Assistant Professor, Biological Sciences and Biomedical Engineering

Research Interests

Influence of cortical inhibitory circuits on sensory development and perceptual learning

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Tom M. Mitchell

E. Fredkin University Professor, Computer Science, Robotics, Language Technologies, and Biomedical Engineering

Research Interests

Computer science; machine learning; artificial intelligence; cognitive neuroscience; societal impacts of technology

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O. Burak Ozdoganlar

Ver Planck Professor, Mechanical Engineering; Associate Director, Engineering Research Accelerator; Courtesy, Biomedical Engineering, Materials Science & Engineering

Research Interests

Mechanics of micro-scale material removal; dynamics and vibrations of micro-scale structures and micromachining; novel micro/nano-manufacturing techniques and application-driven research

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Barbara Shinn-Cunningham

Director, Carnegie Mellon Neuroscience Institute; Professor, Center for the Neural Basis of Cognition, Biomedical Engineering, Psychology, and Electrical & Computer Engineering

Research Interests

Auditory attention in normal and special populations; binaural and spatial hearing; subcortical and cortical sound processing; multi-sensory attention networks

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Victoria Webster-Wood

Assistant Professor, Mechanical Engineering and Biomedical Engineering

Research Interests

Bioinspired robotics; biohybrid robotics; cell & tissue engineering; biomaterials; organic actuators; organic control

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Eric Yttri

Assistant Professor, Biological Sciences, Center for the Neural Basis of Cognition, and Biomedical Engineering

Research Interests

Neurophysiology; circuit dynamics; computational neuroscience; motor control; reinforcement learning; tool development

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Byron Yu

Associate Professor, Biomedical Engineering and Electrical & Computer Engineering

Research Interests

Neural engineering; brain-computer interfaces; systems neuroscience; computational neuroscience; machine learning