BRL attends Conference on Norbert Wiener in the 21st Century

wiener-norbertWe presented two papers at the 2014 IEEE Conference on Norbert Wiener in the 21st Century! The conference was a discussion about the father of cybernetics and his contributions to technology and society. The papers presented were:

T. Bonaci, J. Herron, C. Matlack, H. J. Chizeck, ‘Securing the Exocortex: A Twenty-First Century Cybernetics Challenge’, the Proceedings of the IEEE 2014 Conference on Norbert Wiener in the 21st Century, Boston, MA, June 2014

J. Herron and H. J. Chizeck. Prototype Closed-Loop Deep Brain Stimulation Systems Inspired by Norbert Wiener. In the Proceedings of the IEEE 2014 Conference on Norbert Wiener in the 21st Century, Boston, MA, June 2014.

Smart Emergency Response System at the SmartAmerica Expo in Washington DC

PhD Student Kevin Huang with an instrumented Kuka robot.

BRL researchers Kevin Huang, Fredrik Ryden and Howard Chizeck all made an appearance at the Smart America Expo in Washington DC this week. They were showing off a technologies developed to aid disaster and emergency response. The work was done as a part of the Smart America Challenge with collaborators from Boeing, MathWorks, MIT Media Lab, National Instruments, North Carolina State University, University of North Texas and Worcester Polytechnic Institute.

Read more about the Smart Emergency Response System here

National Instruments Press Release

UW EE News

Information Week Article

NextGov Article

Infinity Box brings BCI security to the stage

cropped-IBX-type-6Five researchers affiliated with the Center for Sensorimotor Neural Engineering, including our very own Howard Chizeck, teamed up with local Seattle playwrights to create a series of short plays exploring new advancements in neural engineering. While collaborating with Howard, Roger Tang wrote “Truth and Lies” to explore themes present in our work into BCI privacy concerns. The series of short plays will be shown June 13-15 at the Ethnic Cultural Theatre in Seattle. More at

BRL shows off at the UW SmartAmerica Challenge Event!


The Smart Emergency Response System team that includes the BioRobotics Lab showcased their ongoing collaborative efforts to build novel haptic and teleoperated system to enhance disaster response. You can read more about the event at the C4C website here.

The ongoing work is shown in the video below, where a drone tracks and follows a teleoperated robot for communication and relaying information between operator and remote system. This particular demonstration was done at the Boeing Collaborative Systems Lab.