Engage and Enable Blog

The aim of this blog is to show what’s happening at the CSNE among its faculty, student and staff members. To learn more about the center and its work, visit our Feature Stories page.


Lars Crawford, graduate of the Neurobiology/Computational Neuroscience program’s class of 2014, was recently accepted into the Technology Commercialization Fellowship Program at the University of Washington’s Center for Commercialization for his work on a virtual home rehabilitation system called vHAB. Lars and his teammates have created a kinematic hand sensor and custom EMG sleeve that controls a set of dynamic games that emulate traditional upper extremity therapy tasks. vHAB is designed to keep people motivated in their home rehabilitation while collecting data over time that can help with recovery.

Washington D.C. Tidal Basin cherry trees, USDA photo by Scott Bauer A group of us is heading to Washington, D.C. this weekend. We'll meet up with researchers and staff from other Engineering Research Centers at our biennial meeting, hosted by the National Science Foundation. Researchers from our partner organizations, MIT and San Diego State University, will join us.

We'll also be reconnected with our director, Rajesh Rao, who has spent the last several months in India on a Fulbright grant.

iHand won the CSNE's first-ever hackathon. iHand uses EMG to demonstrate how a person can blink and cause another person to pick up a plastic bottle.

A brief Q&A with Regan Brashear, producer/director of FIXED: The Science/Fiction of Human Enhancement. 

UW Graduate Student Matthew Sample recently participated in the CSNE’s summer exchange with BrainLinks-BrainTools at the University of Freiburg. He soon learned that BrainLinks-BrainTools not only has researchers, but it also has its own philosophers, choreographers and dancers.