The National Science Foundation today announced an $18.5 million grant to establish a new Engineering Research Center for Sensorimotor Neural Engineering (CSNE) based at the University of Washington.
The Director of CSNE is UW CSE professor Yoky Matsuoka. Deputy Director is UW Biology professor Tom Daniel. Partner institutions are the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and San Diego State University. (Joel Voldman from MIT and Kee Moon from SDSU are co-PIs.) Also partnering are historically minority-serving institutions Spelman College and Morehouse College, both in Atlanta, and Southwestern College in Chula Vista, Calif. International partners are the University of British Columbia and the University of Tokyo.
Matsuoka comments, “The center will work on devices that interact with, assist, and understand the human sensory and nervous systems. It will combine advances in robotics, neuroscience and computer science to restore or augment the body’s ability for sensation and movement.”
Daniel comments, “I think the really interesting development is literally where the silicon meets the collagen. It remains an open challenge.”