Ekso Bionics Holdings, Richmond, California, announced that it has been accepted by the Center for Sensorimotor Neural Engineering (CSNE) as an industry partner. Ekso Bionics and CSNE will work together to enrich the human machine interface and enhance potential neural interface to create links between the nervous system and the outside world, according to an Ekso Bionics press release.
CSNE is based at the University of Washington (UW), Seattle, and is one of 20 National Science Foundation (NSF) Engineering Research Centers (ERC) across the country. ERCs promote partnerships across industries and universities to create a method of engineering research and education that integrates discovery with technological innovation and aims to produce graduates who will be innovators in a competitive economy.
Rajesh Rao, PhD, director of the CSNE and associate professor of computer science and engineering at UW said, “Our expertise in decoding and interpreting brain signals is a perfect complement to Ekso Bionics’ expertise in robotics and creating exoskeletons used in rehabilitation.” Rao is currently working on several projects including brain-computer interface (BCI) control for a mobile robot.