Our research focuses on understanding how the brain controls movement and on developing brain-machine interfaces to enable individuals with paralysis, upper limb amputation or locked-in syndrome to communicate and control assistive technologies. Integrating expertise in neuroscience, computer science, robotics and engineering, we are developing algorithms and computing platforms that translate brain signals into device commands with the aim of deploying mobile wireless neural prosthetic systems.
Dr. Simeral is an Assistant Professor of Research in the School of Engineering at Brown University and a Research Biomedical Engineer with the Department of Veterans Affairs Rehabilitation R&D Service. His research is dedicated to integrating neuroscience and engineering disciplines to create unprecedented neural prosthetic technologies to enable communication and control of assistive devices by individuals with paralysis or locked-in syndrome resulting from spinal cord injury, ALS (Lou Gehrig's disease), stoke and other neurological disorders. He directs development of the architecture, hardware, software, and algorithms for the BrainGate2 Neural Interface System (in clinical trial) that decodes intracortical brain signals into commands to control computer cursors, dexterous prosthetic robotic arms and hands, and other assistive technologies. In addition to research expertise in the neurophysiological basis of movement, Dr. Simeral has a decade of industry engineering experience including the design of massively parallel computer systems and high performance microelectronic VLSI microprocessors.
JOHN SIMERAL, Ph.D.
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