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Mechanical Engineering

Mechanical Engineering

Neurological Engineering
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In recent years, there has been major progress on implantable biomedical systems that support most of the functionalities of wireless implantable devices. We are working on the design of an implantable infrared wireless communication system for the measurement of neural signals in the brain with a collaborative effort with University of Washington. The multidisciplinary project involves faculty from all ERC/SNE research groups.

We are also working to develop new curriculum in this area in order to prepare students for working on closed-loop neural-inspired systems. One course in development is a laboratory experience that would include biosignal measurement, signal processing and analysis, and feedback control. We are currently funded to develop modules for this course and are seeking additional funding to launch the course in the next two years. Our research projects include the design and validation of electrodes for EEG measurement, sensors for measuring joint motion and EMG, and robotic assistive braces for arms and legs. All of these are multidisciplinary projects involving faculty from all signature areas, which will be maintained through the ERC/SNE collaboration.

Education and research efforts in Neural Engineering at SDSU focus on the adaptive closed-loop interaction between the human nervous systems and sensorimotor devices. This involves the merging of understanding how biological systems acquire and process information with the design of effective biomedical devices that interact seamlessly with human beings. These efforts concentrate on course development in bio-inspired robotics, neural devices, and BCI (brain-computer interface). As mentioned earlier under Biomechanics, in the long-term we wish to tackle complex problems involving the development of technology for patients with neuromuscular dysfunction including the design and control of prosthetic limbs, and how these may be optimized by using biosignal sensors, wireless systems, and smart feedback.

Drs. Kassegne, May-Newman, Moon 

Dept. of Mechanical Engineering, E-326

San Diego State University

5500 Campanile Drive

San Diego, CA 92182-1323