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
adalrymple@cmu.edu
Max Murphy

Max Murphy

Post-Doctorate

Research interests
Cortex, Bayesian Filter, Neurorehabilitation
Email
mdmurphy@andrew.cmu.edu
Alpaslan Ersoz

Alpaslan Ersoz

Post-Doctorate

Research interests
Design and validation of electronic systems to act as neurostimulators
Email
aersoz@adrew.cmu.edu
Ernesto Bedoy

Ernesto Bedoy

Post-Doctorate

Co-Advisor
George Wittenberg
Research interests
Sensorimotor impairment, neurorehabilitation, neuromodulation
Email
ebedoy@andrew.cmu.edu
Jordyn Ting

Jordyn Ting

Doctorate

Research interests
Neuromodulation, neuroprosthetics, dorsal root ganglion stimulation, spinal cord stimulation, pain
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
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Omar El-Refy

Doctorate

Co-Advisor
Hartmut Geyer
Research interests
"Motor control and learning, Bipedal locomotion"
Email
refy@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

Research interests
Neuroprosthetics, Telerobotics, Machine Learning, Brain-Computer Interfaces, Sensorimotor Integration
Email
jshulgac@andrew.cmu.edu
Nikole Chetty

Nikole Chetty

Doctorate

Research interests
Brain-Computer Interfaces, Neuroprosthetics, Machine Learning, Computational Neuroscience, Signal Processing
Email
nchetty@andrew.cmu.edu
Dailyn Despradel

Dailyn Despradel

Doctorate

Co-Advisor
Nancy Pollard
Research interests
Virtual, Augmented, and Mixed Reality, Neuroprosthetics, Prosthetic training, Haptic Perspection, Motor Skill Learning
Email
ddesprad@andrew.cmu.edu
Ruitong (Larry) Jiang

Ruitong (Larry) Jiang

Doctorate

Research interests
Circadian Rhythm, Learning & Memory, EEG
Email
ruitongj@andrew.cmu.edu
Prakarsh Yadav

Prakarsh Yadav

Doctorate

Research interests
Spike sorting, Machine Learning, Neuroprosthetics
Email
pyadav@andrew.cmu.edu
Rawan Fakhreddine

Rawan Fakhreddine

Doctorate

Research interests
Brain-Computer Interfaces, Neurorehabilitation, Plastic Window, Motor Skill Learning
Email
ryf@andrew.cmu.edu
Luigi Borda

Luigi Borda

Doctorate

Research interests
Spinal cord stimulation, AI, EEG, neuroprosthetic, sensory feedback restoration
Email
lborda@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
Julian Low

Julian Low

Masters

Research interests
Neural engineering, neurostimulation, circadian rhythm, control systems
Email
julianl@andrew.cmu.edu
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Ruiqi Zhang

Masters

Research interests
Machine Learning, Signal Processing
Email
ruiqi@cmu.edu
Jackie Hull

Jackie Hull

Research Associate

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

Thomas Hyatt

Research Associate

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

Rifeng Jin

Research Associate

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

Alumni

  • Mehrdad Javidi (PostDoc)
  • Monica Liu (Doctorate)

Course taught

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

Media Mentions

Psychology Today

Weber featured on first human brain implant

MechE’s Doug Weber is among the team monitoring the first human implant of a brain-computer interface (BCI). The BCI was implanted at Mount Sinai Health System in New York City. The goal of the trial is to evaluate safety and efficacy in helping patients with ALS.

Bloomberg

Weber’s NIH trial covered

MechE’s Douglas Weber was referenced in Bloomberg after an NIH-funded trial that he is leading with David Putrino of Mount Sinai placed a stentrode implant in its first patient.

CMU Engineering

Sensing signals in paralyzed muscles

Doug Weber and an international team of researchers detected electrical signals in paralyzed muscles, which could be used to control robotic assistive devices.

Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Weber study on brain implant featured

MechE’s Doug Weber recently had his research study on a brain implant that will allow paralyzed people to use a computer with their thoughts was featured in The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.

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.