Faculty DirectoryMitra Hartmann
Professor of Biomedical Engineering
Professor of Mechanical Engineering
Contact2145 Sheridan Road
Evanston, IL 60208-3109
Email Mitra Hartmann
Post-doc Bio-Computing, Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Pasadena, CA
Post-doc Computational Neurobiology, California Institute of Technology, Pasadena, CA
Ph.D. Integrative Neuroscience, California Institute of Technology, Pasadena, CA
B.S. Applied and Engineering Physcis, Cornell University, Ithaca, NY
Sensorimotor integration; robots as tools for studying neuroscience; sensory acquisition behaviors; neuroethology
- McCormick School of Engineering Teacher of the year, 2010
- McCormick School of Engineering Teacher of the Year, 2011, 2010, 2009
- NSF CAREER Award, 2008
- NAE 14th Annual U.S. Frontiers of Engineering Symposium, 2008
- Invited Participant, NINDS Workshop on Neuroprosthetics, 2008
- Packard Nominee, Northwestern University, 2006
- Searle Junior Fellow, Northwestern University, 2006-07
- Everhart Distinguished Graduate Student Lecturer Award, Caltech, 1996
Significant Professional Service
- Editorial Board Member, Journal of Neurophysiology
- NIH SMI Study Section Member
- Programming Committee Member, Barrels Society, 2007 - Present
- Guest Editor, Autonomous Robots, Special Issue on Biomorphic Robotics, 2001
Bush NE, Solla SA, and Hartmann MJZ. (2016) Whisking mechanics and active sensing. Current Opinion in Neurobiology. 40:178-188. doi: 10.1016/j.conb.2016.08.001.
Yu YSW*, Graff MM*, Bresee CS, Man YB, and Hartmann MJZ (2016) Whiskers aid anemotaxis in rats. Science Advances. e1600716 DOI:10.1126/sciadv.1600716 *equal contributions
Bush NE, Schroeder CL, Hobbs JA, Yang ET, Huet LA, Solla SA, Hartmann MJZ (2016) Decoupling kinematics and mechanics reveals coding properties of trigeminal ganglion neurons in the rat vibrissal system eLife 5:e13969. doi:10.7554/eLife.
Kaloti AS, Johnson EC, Bresee CS, Naufel SN, Perich MG, Jones DL, and Hartmann MJZ (2016) Representation of stimulus speed and direction in vibrissal-sensitive regions of the trigeminal nuclei: a comparison of single unit and population responses PLoS One 11(7) e0158399 doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0158399.
Huet LA and Hartmann MJZ (2016) Simulations of a vibrissa slipping along a straight edge and an analysis of frictional effects during whisking. IEEE Transactions on Haptics 9(2):158-169.
Yang AET and Hartmann MJZ (2016) Whisking kinematics enables object localization in head-centered coordinates based on tactile information from a single vibrissa. Frontiers in Behavioral Neuroscience. 10:145. doi: 10.3389/fnbeh.2016.00145
Yu Y, Graff M, and Hartmann MJZ (2016) Mechanical responses of rat vibrissae to airflow. Journal of Experimental Biology. 219:937-948. doi:10.1242/jeb.126896
Hobbs JA, Towal RB, and Hartmann MJZ (2016) Evidence for functional groupings of vibrissae across the rodent mystacial pad. PLoS Computational Biology. doi:10.1371/journal.pcbi.1004109
Hobbs JA, Towal RB, and Hartmann MJZ (2016) Spatiotemporal patterns of contact across the rat vibrissal array during exploratory behavior. Frontiers in Behavioral Neuroscience. doi:10.3389/fnbeh.2015.00356.
Hartmann MJZ (2015) Vibrissa mechanical properties. Scholarpedia. 10(5):6636.
Hobbs JA, Towal RB, and Hartmann MJZ (2015) Probability distributions of whisker-surface contact: Quantifying elements of the rat vibrissotactile natural scene. Journal of Experimental Biology. 218:2551-2562. *Journal highlight ** 2015 Outstanding Paper Prize
Huet LA, Schroeder CL, and Hartmann MJZ (2015) Tactile signals transmitted by the vibrissa during active whisking behavior. Journal of Neurophysiology. 113:3511-3518.
Huet LA and Hartmann MJZ (2014) The search space of the rat during whisking behavior. Journal of Experimental Biology. 217:3365-3376. *Journal highlight
Quist BW, Seghete V, Huet LA, Murphey TD, and Hartmann MJZ (2014) Modeling forces and moments at the base of a rat vibrissa during noncontact whisking and whisking against an object. Journal of Neuroscience. 34:9828-9844.
In the Classroom
Profesor Hartmann teaches ME 241 and BME 270. Both classes are titled Introductory Fluid Mechanics. The flow of fluids is important in many applications ranging from blood flow in the human body to air flow over the wing of a jet aircraft. Undergraduates take this course at the end of their second year or at the beginning of their third year. The course uses integral calculus and differential equations, so these courses are prerequisites. It also helps to have taken physics and thermodynamics prior to this course.
Professor Hartmann also teaches a graduate level course, BME 462: Neural Engineering - Sensory Acquisition through Movement. This course focuses on an understanding of how animals move to acquire sensory data across multiple modalities, including vision, audition, and somatosensation. A previous introductory course in neuroscience is helpful.