About Us

The Center for Sensorimotor Neural Engineering is one of several Engineering Research Centers across the country supported by the National Science Foundation. Our headquarters are based at the University of Washington in Seattle, and our core partners are at MIT and San Diego State University.

We work closely with industry partners to create technologies that are useful, right from the start. And we place an emphasis on education, offering neuroscience and neural engineering lesson plans for students ranging from kindergarten to high school, partnering with traditionally underrepresented students in STEM fields and offering summer research experiences for military veterans and students. Our leaders develop new courses for undergraduate and grad students, with an aim to inspire them.

We also have a team that studies ethical concerns related to our research. The Neuroethics research thrust looks at how ethical issues such as identity, privacy, authority and moral or legal responsibility are intertwined with neural technologies. Our leaders, researchers and staff know that it is important to have these conversations now about our research, instead of 10 years from now.

Over the last decade, the field of neural engineering has demonstrated to the world that a computer cursor, a wheelchair, or a prosthetic limb can be controlled using direct brain-machine and brain-computer neural signals. We are excited at the possibilities that currently exist and proud to be at the forefront of this very important work. 

The Center for Sensorimotor Neural Engineering is supported by Award Number EEC-1028725 from the National Science Foundation.