Thought-To-Motion Research Featured in the Wall Street Journal

The Wall Street Journal is the latest publication to cover the noninvasive, brain-computer interface being developed by Fischell Department of Bioengineering (BioE) affiliate professor José Contreras-Vidal (Department of Kinesiology). Contreras-Vidal's research group includes past and present BioE graduate students, including Trent Bradberry (Ph.D. '10), Steven Graff (B.S. '10, bioengineering), and Kimberly Kontson.

Conteras-Vidal's team was the first to successfully demonstrate that brain signals acquired through electroencephalography (EEG) could be used to reconstruct hand movements—and later ankle, knee and hip movements—in 3-D. The technique could be used to control computers, prosthetics, and other assistive devices.

"Harnessing Brain Power to Move Stuff" features both Contreras-Vidal's work and complimentary research being carried out at Drexel University, the University of Michigan, and Rice University.

Read "Harnessing Brain Power to Move Stuff" online at the Wall Street Journal »

Published August 3, 2011