Engage and Enable Blog

The aim of this blog is to show what’s happening at the Center for Neurotechnology among its faculty, student and staff members. To learn more about the center and its work, visit our Feature Stories page.


This is the second Engage and Enable blog post by CNT student member Gabrielle Strandquist in an ongoing series that explains how research works and gives insight into the process for aspiring engineers and scientists. Part one of the series is available here: "What is research, and how do I get involved?"

Part 1: What is research, and how do I get involved?

A young woman sits at a desk monitoring a man covered with sensors who is walking in the background

Headshot of Gabrielle StrandquistThis graduate student working in the labs of CNT members Rajesh Rao and Bing Brunton is starting a new series of posts on our Engage and Enable blog. Strandquist will explain her research and give insight into the process for aspiring engineers and scientists.

Lars Crawford demonstrates vHAB, a virtual reality device designed to assist stroke patients with physical therapy. Crawford was part of a student team that invented the device in the 2014 Tech Sandbox competition and further developed it at the CNT over the next few years. The Tech Sandbox was a precursor to today’s Neural Engineering Tech Studio course at the UW. In 2020, Crawford returned to the Center to be a teaching assistant for this course. Photo: Buerk Center for Entrepreneurship

CNT researchers at San Diego State University have found a way to efficiently compress neural data moving through a brain-computer interface by using autoencoders, a special type of artificial neural network.