Carnegie Mellon University

Research Stories

Doug Weber: Improving the Interface Between Humans and Machines

Tags: Neural Engineering and Technology

Matt Smith: Neural Engineering; Exploring neurons in the brain

Tags: Neural Engineering and Technology

Research in Action

Applications of NI research to improve our quality of life:

  • Driving innovation in brain machine interface components in robotic prosthetics for patients suffering strokes, ALS and spinal cord injuries
  • Creating new implantable devices that can stimulate brain activity, lead to new treatments for Parkinson’s disease and stroke
  • Developing next-generation hearing aid devices that filter out sounds that a listener is trying to ignore and amplify only what the listener is focused on
  • Creating system and cognitive models that characterize information in the brain to better understand memory formation, language processing and problem solving
  • Understanding what happens to neurons in the earliest progression of Alzheimer’s disease
  • Determining how changes and breakdowns in brain circuits result in movement disorders including Parkinson’s disease
  • Learning how neurons respond when there are changes in the visual system while learning a new visual task and recovery of vision
  • Exploring how the architecture of the brain regulates action planning, learning and executive control
  • Identifying brain function that makes people resilient under stress and how various stress management strategies alter coping and stress resilience
  • Understanding the social, emotional and genetic aspects of addictive behaviors and developing better methods of identifying individuals who are at risk to develop an addiction

Research Partnerships

Universities and Federal Partnerships:

University of Pittsburgh
Indian Institute of Science
National Institutes of Health
National Science Foundation

Corporate Partners


With gratitude for new and ongoing support for the Institute from:

David and Nathalie Cowan
Carnegie Corporation of New York
The Dietrich Foundation
Fine Foundation 
The Heinz Endowments
Kris Gopalakrishnan

With gratitude for new and ongoing support for the Institute from:

Hillman Family Foundations
James S. McDonnell Foundation
McKnight Endowment Fund for Neuroscience
Richard King Mellon Foundation
Craig H. Neilsen Foundation
Simons Foundation