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.
Professor, Biological Sciences and Biomedical Engineering
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
George A. and Helen Dunham Cowan Professor, Cognitive Neuroscience, Center for the Neural Basis of Cognition, and Department of Psychology; Professor, Biomedical Engineering
Visual system; human adult and children; brain damage; neuroscience; electrophysiology
Assistant Professor, Electrical and Computer Engineering and Biomedical Engineering
Neural engineering; multimodal (electro-acousto-optical) neural interfacing; bio-photonics; optogenetics; bio-sensing
Associate Professor, Biomedical Engineering and Center for the Neural Basis of Cognition
Brain-computer interfaces; neural engineering; motor learning; motor control
Assistant Professor, Biomedical Engineering and Materials Science & Engineering
Nano-biotechnology; nano-bio interfaces; nanomaterials synthesis; biomedical applications of nanowires/nanotubes; biomedical nanodevices/sensors
Associate Professor, Robotics Institute and Biomedical Engineering
Legged dynamics and control; motor control of human locomotion; powered prosthetics; humanoid robotics
Associate Professor, Biological Sciences and Biomedical Engineering
Electrophysiology; optogenetics; neural circuits; movement disorders
Assistant Professor, Electrical & Computer Engineering, Center for Neural Basis of Cognition, and Biomedical Engineering
Theory, noninvasive neural sensing and stimulation
Professor and Head, Biomedical Engineering
Professor, Electrical & Computer Engineering, and Center for Neural Basis of Cognition
Electrophysiological source imaging; brain-computer interface; neuromodulation; inverse problem; functional neuroimaging; tissue electrical property imaging
Assistant Professor, Biomedical Engineering
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
Adjunct Associate Professor, Biomedical Engineering; Senior Systems Scientist, Engineering Research Accelerator; Research Biomedical Engineer, VA Pittsburgh Healthcare System
Retinal prostheses for the blind; neural prostheses; neural stimulation circuitry; wireless power and data telemetry for medical devices; hermetic packaging for medical devices
Assistant Professor, Biological Sciences and Biomedical Engineering
Influence of cortical inhibitory circuits on sensory development and perceptual learning
Ver Planck Professor, Mechanical Engineering; Associate Director, Engineering Research Accelerator; Courtesy, Biomedical Engineering, Materials Science & Engineering
Mechanics of micro-scale material removal; dynamics and vibrations of micro-scale structures and micromachining; novel micro/nano-manufacturing techniques and application-driven research
Assistant Professor, Mechanical Engineering and Biomedical Engineering
Bioinspired robotics; biohybrid robotics; cell & tissue engineering; biomaterials; organic actuators; organic control
Assistant Professor, Biological Sciences, Center for the Neural Basis of Cognition, and Biomedical Engineering
Neurophysiology; circuit dynamics; computational neuroscience; motor control; reinforcement learning; tool development
Associate Professor, Biomedical Engineering and Electrical & Computer Engineering
Neural engineering; brain-computer interfaces; systems neuroscience; computational neuroscience; machine learning
Neural Engineering Research in the News
Prof. Jana Kainerstorfer, her Ph.D. student Alexander Ruesch, and collaborators from the University of Pittsburgh have been developing a non-invasive way to monitor intracranial pressure using near-infrared spectroscopy.
Profs. Steven Chase and Byron Yu published a paper in Nature Neuroscience, "Learning by neural reassociation."
Dr. Bin He is developing a novel method of treating brain disorders by using ultrasonic waves and EEG imaging to noninvasively trigger electrical signals in the brain.