The Center for Neuroprosthetics (CNP) capitalizes on its unique access to advanced engineering, computer science, signal analysis, and brain research at the Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne, EPFL. We strive to translate these advances to novel treatments in neurological and psychiatric diseases by developing new technologies that support, repair, replace and enhance functions of the nervous system.
The development of such technologies and devices, called neuroprostheses, depends on engineering advances, on medical know-how, and on the understanding of the neurobiological mechanisms for sensory perception, cognitive operations, and movement. For the restoration of motor functions, we aim to record and process the dedicated signals and to translate them into data that can ultimately drive artificial limbs, bodies and robots. For the restoration of sensory and cognitive functions, we design devices that produce signals to selectively activate and control brain circuits involved in perception and different cognitive functions. Pursuing strengths in education at EPFL with our research and clinical partners, we are shaping the next generation of researchers in neuroprosthetics and empower the technology transfer from laboratory-based neuroprosthetics to startup companies with impact on industry and society.
Core competences are the fabrication of implantable, soft and stretchable microelectrodes and artificial skins, robot-assisted motor rehabilitation in paraplegia, functional electrical stimulation and neuropsychology in stroke patients, bidirectional implants in amputee patients, cortical mechanisms of sensory-motor and cognitive functions, non-invasive brain-machine interfaces, virtual reality and robotics neuroscience.