Our research in Brain/Machine Interfaces (BMI) focuses on development of novel approaches for enabling subjects to move neurorobotic assistive devices based on neural activity, to overcome paralytic lesions following spinal cord injury. These studies are also revealing fundamental principles about how cortical circuits process sensory information to generate movements. Many of our faculty members in this area work closely with colleagues at the Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago (RIC) in highly collaborative endeavors.
Investigating the mechanisms of motor output the spinal cord in both normal and disease states
Understanding the nature of the somatosensory and motor signals within the brain that are used to control arm movements
Investigating the sensory-motor system through a close interaction with artificial systems