Department of Biomedical Engineering – Illinois Institute of Technology
Our Laboratory – consisting of faculty, graduate students, undergraduate students, and affiliated researchers – focuses on developing neural prosthetic systems and technologies to compensate for neurological deficit and disease. To learn more about our current research projects, click on any image in above slideshow.
Neural prostheses can be roughly separated into two general classes: sensory and motor. The goal for sensory prostheses is to use an artificial sensor to replace the neural input that would normally come from peripheral sensory systems such as the ear, for hearing, or the eye, for vision. Worldwide, there are numerous research programs targeting the development of sensory prostheses as substitutes for biological auditory and visual systems. Recently, interest in developing artificial substitutions for providing proprioception and tactile sensing within artificial limbs is rapidly emerging.
Organizationally, this laboratory is comprised of research facilities housed within the IIT University Technology Park, IIT faculty and researchers, students, and affiliated institutions and companies. Affiliated institutions and companies are those with whom the laboratory either has existing research collaborations, or are part of pending funded-research proposals. Cultivation of these external relationships facilitates on-going research in projects requiring expertise not normally found within a single organization. The flexibility of the affiliated structure allows for rapid responses to emerging funding opportunities. Graduate students do their research work within the Laboratory of Neuroprosthetic Research, or at affiliated institutions, and matriculate in the Department of Biomedical Engineering, or other IIT graduate programs.