We aspire to help people with disabilities and develop novel modes of human-computer interaction by connecting brains with technology. We study signals from the brain and use that information to stimulate a part of the brain or spinal cord for neurorehabilitation, including the use of an assistive device.
We refer to the system we aim to create as a closed-loop co-adaptive bi-directional brain-computer interface (BBCI). The system can record and stimulate the central nervous system to encourage neuroplasticity, promote recovery and restore sensorimotor function.
These revolutionary neurally-engineered systems will significantly improve the quality of life for people with sensorimotor disabilities, most immediately benefitting patient populations with complete cervical (C6 or higher) spinal cord injury and ischemic stroke with communication or motor impairments. The BBCI principles discovered will also have broader implications for developing closed-loop interfaces for other neurological diseases such as Parkinson’s disease.
The technologies we’re developing will also enhance the way consumers use computers and mobile devices by leveraging new types of signals, including muscle activity from wearable sensors.
The CSNE’s mission is to develop innovative ways to connect a deep computational understanding of how the brain adapts and processes information with the design of implantable devices that interact seamlessly with the nervous system.