Research in the Center encompasses bioinspired neural interfaces, non-invasive brain-computer interfaces, machine learning, biomedical signal processing, robotics and neuroscience. Following an integrative approach, it aims at restoring vision, enabling sensorimotor control after spinal cord injury, stroke or amputation, and alleviating cognitive and psychiatric disorders.
Neurological disorders are common; they affect an individual’s motor, sensory and cognitive functions, and result in limited activities and disabilities. Neuroprosthetics, by means of a non-invasive, wearable or implantable interface, offer opportunities to communicate with the nervous system to diagnose, prevent and treat neurological disorders and their consequences. The mission of EPFL Center for Neuroprosthetics is to design, implement and validate innovative neurotechnologies to assess and treat neurological and psychiatric disorders. Research at the Centre is world-class, integrating knowledge and know-how in neuroscience, engineering and medicine.
The Centre currently hosts 7 labs from the EPFL School of Life Sciences and EPFL School of Engineering, gathering nearly 180 scientists, engineers and clinicians, driven by translational research. The Centre is homed at Campus Biotech and operates along the Lemanic coast from Geneva to Sion via Lausanne and Fribourg. The Centre is a vibrant research environment, with shared research space, state-of-the art experimental facilities, and longstanding partnerships with neighbouring health institutions. The scientific expertise of the Centre spans materials science, microfabrication, machine learning, neuroimaging, robotics, translational neuroengineering, cognitive neuroscience to clinical neuroprosthetic medicine. Interdisciplinarity projects focus on restoring vision and audition, enabling sensorimotor control after spinal cord injury, stroke or amputation, and alleviating cognitive and psychiatric maladies.
The Center for Neuroprosthetics is establishing a truly interdisciplinary area of study for scientific discovery and neurotechnological design, strengthened by its dual affiliation with the School of Engineering and the School of Life Sciences.