A Research Thrust is the fundamental knowledge or basic research that our experts bring to the Center. These thrusts feed into technologies that exist and that we're focusing on in our work, including electrocorticography, the practice of placing electrodes on the brain to record electrical activity. These new technologies are then integrated into our testbeds. 

Each CSNE project reflects the contribution of these research thrusts:

  • Communication and Interface: Led by Josh Smith and Sam Kassegne, developing electrodes and circuits to enable bi-directional interactions with the brain and spinal cord
  • Computational Neuroscience: Led by Eric Shea-Brown, defining intricate biological systems and computations to help design neural interface and control devices and to enrich neural modeling
  • Experimental Neuroscience: Led by Eberhard Fetz and Richard Anderson, uncovering fundamental principles of sensorimotor neuroscience by performing innovative closed-loop experiments enabled by CSNE hardware and computational advances
  • Neuroethics: Led by Sara Goering and Eran Klein, studying how ethical issues such as identity, privacy, authority and moral or legal responsibility are intertwined with neural technologies

Each research thrust works independently and collaboratively to enhance Center-wide knowledge discovery and development. Neuroethics researchers collaborate across all research projects.

Undergraduate researchers rotate to different labs within their university or college to broaden their skill sets.