Welcome from the Director

Welcome to the Center for Sensorimotor Neural Engineering. We are one of several Engineering Research Centers across the country funded by the National Science Foundation.

Our Center was founded in 2011 and our headquarters are at the University of Washington in Seattle. Our core partners are at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and San Diego State University.

The center's goal is to develop ways to help people with neurological conditions such as stroke and spinal cord injury. Our specific approach is captured by our tagline: "Helping the body heal, feel and move again."

Our team of clinicians, engineers and neuroscientists are working together to build implantable devices for restoring lost brain function. These devices can interpret brain activity and deliver electric current to specific brain regions or the spinal cord to rehabilitate the nervous system and restore movement.

With the help of our industry partners and guidance from our advisory boards, we are enabling the transition of cutting-edge neurotechnologies from the lab to clinical applications. Our pre-college educational programs are introducing hundreds of K-12 students to the field of neural engineering while our undergraduate and graduate programs are training the next generation of neural engineers.

I invite you to explore our website, visit our research projects, learn more about our education efforts and check out our industry collaborations. Read about our research, students and outreach on our blog. Find us on social media and learn more about what we do.

We appreciate your interest and support.

Rajesh PN Rao
Director, Center for Sensorimotor Neural Engineering
Professor, UW Dept. of Computer Science & Engineering
Adjunct Professor, Bioengineering and Electrical Engineering
Faculty Member, Graduate Program in Neuroscience