The Stanford Neural Prosthetics Translational Laboratory (NPTL) conducts research aimed at providing clinically useful brain-machine interfaces (also termed brain-computer interfaces) for people with paralysis, and understanding the related underlying human neuroscience (i.e., studying populations of individual neurons). Our goal is to extract signals (information) recorded from electrodes surgically implanted in the brain to provide accurate, high-speed, and robust control of assistive technologies. Current projects include (e.g., computer cursors, robotic arms, speech synthesis and hand-writing reconstruction). Our current projects are focused on improving communication rates provided by neurally-directed (1) computer / tablet cursor control, (2) speech reconstruction, (3) hand-writing reconstruction, (4) the underlying fundamental (cortical, single-neuron resolution) neuroscience, and (5) the development of wireless systems which will enable the next generation of neural prosthetic devices.
NPTL is co-directed by Professor Jaimie Henderson, MD and Professor Krishna Shenoy, PhD. Henderson is with the the Departments of Neurosurgery and, by courtesy, of Neurology. Shenoy is with the Departments of Electrical Engineering and, by courtesy, Bioengineering and Neurobiology. Shenoy is also a Howard Hughes Medical Institute Investigator.