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Providence VA Medical Center, Rhode Island


John Simeral, PhD

John Simeral, PhD 

John Simeral, PhD *
Research Biomedical Engineer, PVAMC
Assistant Professor of Research, School of Engineering, Brown University  **

Dr. Simeral is a Research Biomedical Engineer at the Providence VA Medical Center where he is Director of CfNN Focus Area 1: Restoring Communication and Mobility. He is also an Assistant Professor of Engineering (Research) at Brown University. His research is dedicated to integrating neuroscience and engineering disciplines to create ground-breaking neural prosthetic technologies to enable communication and control of assistive devices by individuals with paralysis or locked-in syndrome resulting from spinal cord injury, ALS (Lou Gehrig's disease), stoke and other neurological disorders. He directs development of the architecture, hardware and software for the BrainGate2  ¹** Neural Interface System (in pilot clinical trial, IDE) that decodes intracortical brain signals into commands to control computer cursors, dexterous prosthetic robotic arms and hands, and other assistive technologies. In addition to research expertise in the neurophysiological basis of movement, Dr. Simeral has a decade of industry engineering experience including the design of massively parallel computer systems and high performance microelectronic VLSI microprocessors. He is a Senior Member of the IEEE and holds patents for a high-speed microelectronics circuit design and a wearable microelectronic signal processing system. Dr. Simeral received a Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering from Stanford in 1985, a Master of Science in Electrical & Computer Engineering from the University of Texas at Austin in 1989, and the Ph.D. in Neuroscience from the Wake Forest School of Medicine in 2003.

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