Douglas Weber is broadly interested in understanding the role of sensory feedback in supporting and regulating a wide range of perceptual, motor, cognitive, and autonomic functions. His research combines fundamental neuroscience and engineering research to understand physiological mechanisms underlying sensory perception, feedback control of movement, and neuroplasticity in sensorimotor systems. Knowledge gained from these studies is being applied to invent new technologies and therapies for enhancing sensory and motor functions after stroke, spinal cord injury, or limb loss. These principles are also being applied to develop wearable devices for enhancing sensory, motor, and cognitive functions in healthy humans. He is committed to transitioning outputs of his academic research into practical technologies that support real-world applications, and he works actively with industrial partners to bridge the gap from bench to market.
A founding member of DARPA’s Biological Technologies Office, Weber created and managed a portfolio of neurotechnology research programs to support the White House BRAIN initiative, launched by President Obama in 2013. He created DARPA’s HAPTIX, ElectRx, and TNT programs, which are developing implantable, injectable, and wearable neurotechnologies that restore natural motor and sensory functions for amputees, enable novel and drug-free therapies for treating inflammatory disease and mental health disorders, and promote plasticity in the brain to enhance learning of complex cognitive skills.
Weber completed post-doctoral training in the Centre for Neuroscience at the University of Alberta. He holds eight issued United States patents and has published extensively on a wide range of topics spanning sensorimotor neurophysiology, biomechanics, neural engineering, and physical medicine. He has mentored over 100 undergraduate, graduate and medical students and several post-doctoral fellows.
2001 Ph.D., Bioengineering, Arizona State University
2000 MS, Bioengineering, Arizona State University
1994 BS, Biomedical Engineering, Milwaukee School of Engineering
- bioelectronic medicines
- functional electrical simulation
- haptic perception
- human-maching interface systems
- motor learning
- neural coding and computation
- neural decoding
- neural engineering
- neural plasticity
- spinal cord injury
Behind the Bench
Weber featured in Behind the Bench
Behind the Bench featured MechE’s Doug Weber in an extensive piece about his career and research.
Wearable system to sense and stimulate the brain
A team of researchers from Carnegie Mellon is starting a project to design and implement a high-resolution, noninvasive neural interface that can be used as a wearable device.
University of Pittsburgh Swanson School of Engineering
Weber featured for brain-computer interface technology
MechE’s Doug Weber was featured by the Swanson School of Engineering at Pitt for his work in brain-computer interface (BCI) research that allows paralyzed individuals to connect mind to machine and control robotic devices with their brains, work funded by DARPA.