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.


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.

Jeffrey Herron at work in the UW BioRobotics LabJeffrey Herron began his affiliation with the center as a student in the lab of CNT member, Howard Chizeck. After graduation, he went to work at the center’s industry affiliate, Medtronic, developing research devices. Now, he has come full-circle, returning to the University of Washington in January 2019. Learn more about Herron’s academic and career path in this article, and how his experiences as a student and working in the private sector have informed his current role as a CNT faculty member and assistant professor of neurological surgery in UW Medicine.

Former CNT summer program participant, Hannah Werbel, and CNT undergraduate research assistant, Hannah Martens (not pictured), both received the UW College of Arts & Sciences Dean’s Medal this year. In this article, learn more about Werbel, her educational background and how her experience at the CNT sparked her interest in computer science.

CNT Student Leadership Council Outreach Officer, Claire Rusch, introduces student contestants and their projects to judges at the Ten Hundred Words of Science Competition.On May 29, 2019, graduate students were challenged in a competition at the CNT to explain their research in 90 seconds using only the thousand most common words in the English language.