Olaf Blanke

Olaf Blanke is founding director of the Center for Neuroprosthetics and holds the Bertarelli Foundation Chair in Cognitive Neuroprosthetics at the Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL). He directs the Laboratory of Cognitive Neuroscience at EPFL and is Professor of Neurology at the University Hospital of Geneva.

Olaf Blanke, Prof., M.D., Ph.D.

Olaf Blanke, Prof., M.D., Ph.D.

Laboratory of Cognitive Neuroscience
Neuro-X Institute
Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL)

Campus Biotech
Chemin des Mines 9,
1202 Geneva

Geneva University Hospital
Department of Neurology

Rue Micheli-du-Crest 24,
1211 Geneva


Blanke’s research focuses on the neuroscience of consciousness and embodiment, human augmentation and personalized medicine. Blanke pioneered robotics and virtual reality technology in neuroscience of consciousness studies and cognitive psychology. His medical-translational activities are dedicated to preventive, diagnostic and therapeutic procedures and devices in neurodegenerative disorders (Parkinson’s disease, Dementia), mental health and well-being. Blanke is co-founder of Metaphysiks Engineering and member of the board of Mindmaze.