Research Areas
Neural Engineering and Rehabilitation

Neural engineering extends and applies basic knowledge of the nervous system, from the molecular to the systems level, to develop useful technology for medical and other applications. Our research programs in the area of rehabilitation are complimentary to many of our neural engineering efforts. These programs use quantitative approaches to study the mechanisms contributing to sensorimotor impairment, and combine principles from the biological and engineering sciences to advance the care and treatment of individuals with these impairments. Much of our rehabilitation research is performed in collaboration with the Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago, providing faculty and students with access to patients and a dynamic clinical environment.

The neural engineering and rehabilitation communities in Biomedical Engineering span our two campuses and offer research opportunities in laboratories that focus on quantitative basic and clinical neuroscience, musculoskeletal biomechanics, computational modeling, neuroprosthetics, robotics, and human-machine interfaces.


Research in this area includes:

  • Quantitative basic and clinical neuroscience
  • Computational neuroscience
  • Design of neuro and neuro-inspired technologies
  • Neurochemistry
  • Clinical applications of assistive and restorative technologies