Robotic hand with real handWhat do we do?

The Waterloo Engineering Bionics lab develops technologies that will shape the future of the interaction of human and artificial systems. We conduct inter-disciplinary research across neuro-engineering, artificial intelligence, robotics, neuroscience, and medicine. We study mainly on physiological signals, such as electromyogram (EMG), electroencephalogram (EEG) and electrocardiogram (ECG), extracting useful information such as motion intentions, sensory processing, emotional states and cognitive processing. With these information, we develop systems that would allow synergistic interaction between human and artificial systems, computers, robotics, mobile devices, virtual reality etc. Our lab collaborates with hospitals, industry partners, and other research labs from all over the world to create novel ideas that are accessible to everyone.

Specifically, we are working on non-invasive brain-computer interfaces, affordable intelligent thought-controlled prosthetics and mobile ECG solutions.

  1. Nov. 8, 2018Paper published in Annals of Neurology, one of the top journals in Clinical Neurology and Neuroscience

    The paper "Brain‐State Dependent Stimulation boosts functional recovery following stroke" has just been published by Annals of Neurology, which is among the top journals in Clinical Neurology and Neuroscience with an impact factor of 10.244

  2. Aug. 25, 2018Paper Selected for Cover story and Featured story of the issue

    Our paper, "Decoding covert somatosensory attention by a BCI system calibrated with tactile sensation" by Lin Yao, Xinjun Sheng, Natalie Mrachacz-Kersting, Xiangyang Zhu, Dario Farina, and Ning Jiang, published in IEEE Transactions on Biomedical Engineering Journal has been selected as the cover story and featured story of the issue.

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Brain computer interfaces

Developing brain-controlled systems for use in rehabilitation systems and new ways of communication.

Myoelectric control

Developing new control systems to assist and train patients in controlling prosthetics and wheelchairs.


Developing new, mobile solutions for vitals-monitoring and diagnostics.