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.


A new paper by CNT Co-Director, Rajesh Rao, proposes an innovative conceptual framework based on artificial neural networks for bi-directional brain-computer interfaces (BBCIs). This new way of thinking about BBCI development points a viable way toward moving neural devices out of the laboratory and into real-world settings.

This two-day event, held at the CNT and the University of Washington Husky Union Building, brought students and world-class neural engineering researchers together to listen to, engage with and learn from each other.

In its eighth run, the Neural Computation and Engineering Connection, a two-day event from Jan. 24 to Jan. 25, did exactly what its title suggested: create an opportunity for researchers in neuroscience, computation and engineering to learn from each other’s’ work.

The CNT will be participating in the Bill & Melinda Gates Center Open House from 2:00–5:00 p.m. on Friday, March 1, 2019. Join us to see the center’s new headquarters, interact with CNT demonstrations and hear from CNT leadership.  An RSVP is recommended, but not required (it's fine to drop-in).

The Center for Neurotechnology (CNT) is helping to educate the next generation of neural engineers by mentoring students taking part in the 2018 NWABR Student Bio Expo, a year-long program focused on biotechnology, biomedicine and bioethics.

NWABR Student Bio Expo participant, Claris Winston, with her presentation that explains how deep-brain stimulation and artificial intelligence, when combined, could create better outcomes for people with Alzheimer’s disease.


Mehrdad Jazayeri in the hallway of the McGovern Institute for Brain Research at MITCNT member, Mehrdad Jazayeri, and his research team at MIT study neural system dynamics involved in sensory and motor coordination, which are key to performing everyday tasks.