Neural Systems Laboratory


Rajesh Rao


Grad Students

Justin Bare

Michael Chung

Yanping Huang

Kai Miller

Dev Sarma

Melissa Smith

Jeremiah Wander



Alex Dadgar

Bryan Djunaedi

Maxwell Forbes

Joseph Wu


Former Students

Anibel America

Chris Baker

(PhD student: MIT)

David Balatero

Leilani Battle

Matthew Bryan

Brian Chang

Erick Chastain

(PhD student: Rutgers)

Beau Crawford

David Grimes


Matt Hoffman

(PhD student: UBC)

Abhinav Jain

(PhD student: Purdue)

Tushar Jain

Masa Kobashi

Tulika Kumar

Shen-Hui Lee


Johnathan Lyon

(PhD student: GTech)

Gabriel Maganis

Yow Han Moo

Kristina Nguyen

Vivek Rajkumar

Danny Rashid

Eric Rombokas

Pradeep Shenoy

(Postdoc: UCSD)

Aaron Shon


Joshua Storz


Deepak Verma

Yanni Wu

Shengli Zhou


Home Pages

Neural Systems Home

UW AI Group

UW CSE Home Page



EEG Demo

The Humanoid

SEMG Setup

CBS Visit


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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:

Office of Naval Research

National Science Foundation

Army Research Office


Past Support:

Alfred P. Sloan Foundation
David and Lucile Packard Foundation