Neural Systems Laboratory


Rajesh Rao



Andrzej Pronobis


Grad Students

Michael Chung

Jeneva Cronin

Dimitrios Gklezakos

Koosha Khalvati

Dev Sarma

Melissa Smith

Nancy Wang

Nile Wilson

James Wu



Darby Losey

Joseph Wu


Former Students

Anibel America

Chris Baker

David Balatero

Justin Bare

Leilani Battle

Matthew Bryan

Brian Chang

Erick Chastain

Beau Crawford

David Grimes

Matt Hoffman

Yanping Huang

Abhinav Jain

(PhD student: Purdue)

Tushar Jain

Masa Kobashi

Tulika Kumar

Shen-Hui Lee


Johnathan Lyon

(PhD student: GTech)

Gabriel Maganis

Kai Miller


Yow Han Moo

Kristina Nguyen

Vivek Rajkumar

Danny Rashid

Eric Rombokas


Pradeep Shenoy

Aaron Shon


Joshua Storz


Deepak Verma

Jeremiah Wander

(Microsoft Research)

Yanni Wu


Shengli Zhou


Home Pages

Neural Systems Home

UW AI Group

UW CSE Home Page



EEG Demo

The Humanoid

SEMG Setup

CBS Visit



Our research focuses on understanding the brain using computational models and simulations, and applying this knowledge to the task of building intelligent robotic systems and brain-computer interfaces (BCIs). We utilize data and techniques from a variety of fields, ranging from neuroscience and psychology to machine learning and statistics. Current efforts are directed at: (1) understanding probabilistic information processing and learning in the brain, (2) building biologically-inspired robots that can learn through experience and imitation, and (3) developing interfaces for controlling computers and robots using brain- and muscle-related signals.


Projects and Publications


Press Coverage

Human-Robot Interaction (2010)

Babies and social robots (press release)

o   Article in Neural Networks

o   Popular Science, Slashdot, Daily Tech

o   Mumbai Mirror, USA Today, NY Magazine

o   Engadget, io9, Laptop magazine

New York Times (mentions our robot Morphy)

Brain-Computer Interfacing (2010)


Discovery News




Neural Augmentation by Brain-Computer Interfacing (2010)

Science Daily


Daily Tech

Tech Radar

Money Times

Tiscali (Italian)

DNI (Russian)

Brain-Controlled Humanoid Robot (2007)

CBS News (News video)

ABC News (Video)


Popular Mechanics

The Telegraph

Discovery Channel

National Public Radio

Seattle Times

King 5 TV News

The Motley Fool








  • Humanoid Robotics Lab, Allen Center 286
  • Brain Computer Interface Lab, Allen Center 208


Funding Provided by:

Keck Foundation

Office of Naval Research

National Science Foundation



Past Support:

Alfred P. Sloan Foundation
David and Lucile Packard Foundation