Core Research Areas

Neural prostheses and advanced prosthetic systems

For many individuals with spinal cord injury, limb loss, or Parkinson’s disease, new technology can help to restore mobility and functionality. Researchers at ANS are designing and developing new neural prostheses and advanced mechanical prosthetic systems. Several projects are directed at translating research results from the laboratory in order to deliver practical systems that can be readily utilized on a daily basis.

Neural Enabled Prostheses with Sensorimotor Integration
Towards the Development of an Implanted Neural Stimulation and Recording System

Neuromorphic control systems

Legged locomotion and object manipulation are examples of activities that routinely are performed by biological systems in a highly functional and elegant manner. Neuromorphic engineering seeks to utilize biological designs, specifically architectural and operational principles of neural system function, in order to develop improved engineered systems. At ANS, we are designing algorithms and electronic circuits that mimic the functionality of neuromotor control systems. In collaboration with our commercial and clinical partners, we are translating the result of these engineering design efforts into practical systems to provide improved mobility and exercise options.

Effective and Reliable Peripheral Nerve Recordings
Promoting Plasticity
Computation-Enabled Adaptive Ventilatory Control System (CENAVEX)

Adaptation in neural systems

The ability of neural systems to adapt enable biological systems to learn to interpret sensory information and to produce functional movements. At ANS, we are developing therapies and technologies that seek to guide these adaptive processes to maximize the recovery of function after trauma or neurological disorders.

Biomechanical Patterns for Identifying Biomarkers in Knee Osteoarthritis
Sensory Perception and Motor Control in Adults
Paired Associative Stimulation and Tactile Sensation
Effect of Preksha Meditation in Students with and without Learning Disorders