My area of research centers on the development of prosthetic devices that are capable of detecting neural signals in the cerebral cortex, processing them with a modern computer- based interface, and allowing human subjects to perform digital and mechanical tasks based on real-time neural signal decoding. Specifically, I aim to transform large scale external recording equipment into a combination of modern implantable integrated circuits and wearable embedded signal processing technologies in order to enable new research and clinical brain science opportunities. In my research, I have developed the foundations for wireless, implantable, broadband neural recording platforms – the enabling technology for all untethered and autonomous neural prosthetic control. I have initiated and led a team of investigators designing embedded platforms for neural signal processing and cortical decoding which continues to gain momentum today. Co-investigations with neuroscientists have led to the development of analysis techniques exposing dynamic cognitive states in freely moving subjects necessary for next-generation wearable prosthetic platforms. In addition, through invaluable collaborations with neurosurgeons and general surgeons from Mass General Hospital and Rhode Island Hospital, I have developed novel surgical procedures and techniques for device implantation and biocompatibility evaluation in pigs as well as non-human primates. Through these experiments, I have gained a high degree of experience performing non-human primate neurosurgery and a deep understanding animal research methods - enablers for high-quality and efficient animal research.
The goal of my research is to develop and translate neurosensor microsystems from research devices into clinical devices. In addition, I believe that by increasing our understanding of the differences and similarities between the cortical dynamics of natural and archetypical behavior we can deliver more robust, accurate, and natural neural control platforms for persons with peripheral nervous system deficits. Making a wireless, wearable data processing platform available for researchers and hospitals for untethered patient study can transform how we diagnose and treat neurological disease.
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