NeuroMechatronics Lab

The NeuroMechatronics lab is home to an inclusive and multidisciplinary community of neuroscientists and engineers. We work collaboratively to understand the neurophysiology of sensory and motor systems in the body. We strive to invent new strategies and devices that will allow us to transform the treatment of neurological disorders. Our research spans the full spectrum from fundamental to applied research and we leverage an expansive network of academic and industry partners to tackle important problems aggressively and at scale. Throughout it all, we focus on the neuroethical underpinnings and wider societal implications of our neurotechnology.

Faculty

Doug Weber

Doug Weber

Akhtar and Bhutta Professor, Carnegie Mellon University

Doug 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.

Publications

Linkedin

Office
1323 Wean Hall
Email
dougweber@cmu.edu
Google Scholar
Doug Weber

Darcy Griffin

Darcy M. Griffin

Research Faculty, Carnegie Mellon University

Darcy Griffin is interested in how the brain controls skilled voluntary movements. Her focus is on signaling through the corticomotoneuronal system. She uses computational and behavioral tools to investigate how input from the motor nuclei of the thalamus influence processing in the motor cortex and the descending motor command.

Publications

Linkedin

Office
1323 Wean Hall
Email
darcyg@andrew.cmu.edu
Google Scholar
Darcy M. Griffin

Research video

Projects

Research Team

Devapratim Sarma

Devapratim Sarma

Post-Doctorate

Research interests
Bioelectronic Medicine, Neuroprosthetics, Brain Machine Interfaces, Sensorimotor Integration, Neurorehabilitation, Haptic Perception
Email
dsarma@andrew.cmu.edu
Ashley Dalrymple

Ashley Dalrymple

Post-Doctorate

Co-Advisor
Lee Fisher
Research interests
Neuromodulation, Neuroprosthetics, Spinal Cord Stimulation, Sensorimotor Control
Email
adalrymp@andrew.cmu.edu
Mehrdad Javidi

Mehrdad Javidi

Post-Doctorate

Research interests
Musculoskeletal Modeling, Biomechanics, Prosthetic Control, Neuroprosthetics, Neurorehabilitation, Muscle Physiology, Muscle Function
Email
mjavidi@andrew.cmu.edu
Max Murphy

Max Murphy

Post-Doctorate

Research interests
Cortex, Bayesian Filter, Neurorehabilitation
Email
mdmurphy@andrew.cmu.edu
Monica Liu

Monica Liu

Doctorate

Co-Advisor
Aaron Batista
Research interests
Sensorimotor integration, computational neuroscience, brain-machine interfaces
Email
mfliu@andrew.cmu.edu
Jordyn Ting

Jordyn Ting

Doctorate

Research interests
DRG Stimulation, Neuroprosthetics
Email
jting@andrew.cmu.edu
Jessica Kleinbart

Jessica Kleinbart

Doctorate

Co-Advisor
Mary Torregrossa
Research interests
Brain-Computer Interfaces, Neuromodulation, Addiction, Substance Use Disorders
Email
jkleinba@andrew.cmu.edu
Ernesto Bedoy

Ernesto Bedoy

Doctorate

Email
ebedoy@andrew.cmu.edu
Nikhil Verma

Nikhil Verma

Doctorate

Research interests
Neuroprosthetics, Human-Computer Interaction, Machine Learning, Brain-Computer Interfaces
Email
nikhilv@andrew.cmu.edu
Ariel Feldman

Ariel Feldman

Doctorate

Co-Advisor
Pulkit Grover
Research interests
Brain-Computer Interfaces, Neuromodulation, Information Representation, Machine Learning, Learning & Memory
Email
arielfeldman@cmu.edu
Jonathan Shulgach

Jonathan Shulgach

Doctorate

Email
jshulgac@andrew.cmu.edu
Nikole Chetty

Nikole Chetty

Doctorate

Email
nchetty@andrew.cmu.edu
Thomas Hyatt

Thomas Hyatt

Masters

Research interests
Neuro Chip Interface, Neuroprosthetics, Neural Regeneration, Machine Learning
Email
thyatt@andrew.cmu.edu
Rifeng Jin

Rifeng Jin

Masters

Research interests
Neuro Chip Interface, Neuroprosthetics, Neural Regeneration, Machine Learning
Email
rifengj@andrew.cmu.edu
Sharon Park

Seo Jeong (Sharon) Park

Masters

Research interests
Brain-computer interfaces, neuroprosthetics, machine learning, neural engineering
Email
seojeonp@andrew.cmu.edu
Jackie Hull

Jackie Hull

Research Associate

Research interests
Primatology, behavioral ecology, research anesthesia
Email
jacklynh@andrew.cmu.edu

Course taught

Course Course Name Location Units Semester Offered
24-354 Special Topics: Gadgetry: Sensors, Actuators, and Processors Pittsburgh 9 Fall

Media Mentions

Mechanical Engineering

Bridging campuses, increasing opportunities in STEM

CMU and Pitt will offer a joint MS-to-PhD program focused on AI, robotics, and neural engineering to increase the participation of underrepresented students in science and engineering.

FierceBiotech

CMU and collaborators awarded NIH grant

In collaboration with CMU, UPMC, and the Mount Sinai Health System, Synchron received a $10 million National Institutes of Health grant to begin a trial of their brain-computer interface, reports FierceBiotech, BioSpace, Medical Device Network, and Mobi Health News.

CMU Engineering

Sense and signal

A novel brain-computer interface will allow the severely paralyzed to send email messages and perform daily tasks like online shopping and banking with their minds.

CMU Engineering

Resetting travelers’ circadian clocks

Carnegie Mellon researchers are working with DARPA, Northwestern University, and Rice University to develop a system for regulating the body’s circadian clock.

IEEE Spectrum

Weber’s research video featured

MechE’s Doug Weber’s faculty research video was featured by IEEE Spectrum’s “Your weekly selection of awesome robot videos.”

Engineering faculty awarded professorships

Engineering faculty Peter Adams, Elizabeth Dickey, Carlee Joe-Wong, Pulkit Grover, Alan McGaughey, Rahul Panat, and Douglas Weber were awarded professorship titles in February and March 2021.

Mechanical Engineering

The fusion of human and machine

New faculty member Doug Weber is combining engineering and neuroscience research to solve challenges related to control and sensation in humans and robotics.

Wired

Weber’s brain research featured

MechE’s Doug Weber’s research on using the brain to control computers was featured in Wired.

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.

CMU Engineering

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.