Intracortical Visual Prosthesis (ICVP)

The goal of this project is to develop an intracortical visual prosthesis that will compensate for blindness by stimulating the visual centers of the brain. This has the potential to be useful for a large fraction of the population with blindness because its brain-based approach does not require an intact optic nerve or retina.

Implantable Myoelectric Sensors

As part of a multi-institutional team consisting of Northwestern University, IIT, the Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago, the Alfred Mann Foundation (AMF), the University of Colorado, and Sigenics, Inc, a prosthesis control system using Implantable Myoelectric Sensors (IMES) has been developed that consists of multiple single-channel implanted EMG sensors which provide control signals for control of artificial limbs.

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Mission

Our Laboratory – consisting of faculty, graduate students, undergraduate students, and affiliated researchers – focuses on developing neural prosthetic systems and technologies to compensate for neurological deficit and disease.

About Us

The Laboratory of Neuroprosthetic Research is a team-based collaborative research organization within the Department of Biomedical Engineering at the Illinois Institute of Technology.

Neural prostheses can be roughly separated into two general classes: sensory and motor. The goal for sensory prostheses is to use an artificial sensor to replace the neural input that would normally come from peripheral sensory systems such as the ear for hearing, or the eye for vision. Worldwide, there are numerous research programs targeting the development of sensory prostheses as substitutes for biological auditory and visual systems. Recently, interest in developing artificial substitutions for providing proprioception and tactile sensing within artificial limbs is rapidly emerging.

This laboratory is comprised of research facilities, faculty, researchers, and students within the IIT University Technology Park. The lab is affiliated with institutions and companies with whom the laboratory either has existing research collaborations or are part of pending proposals for funded research. These external relationships facilitate ongoing research in projects requiring expertise not normally found within a single organization. The flexibility of this affiliation structure allows for rapid responses to emerging funding opportunities. Graduate students do their research work within the Laboratory of Neuroprosthetic Research or at affiliated institutions and matriculate in the Department of Biomedical Engineering at IIT.