What we do

At the Rice Center for Neuroengineering, we apply electrical engineering, bioengineering, medical, and statistical approaches to an extremely elaborate system—the human brain. Our work addresses complex, interconnected problems within the brain that require multi-disciplinary, multi-institutional collaboration to solve.

Our Mission: We provide a cohesive environment that fosters collaboration between researchers, scientists, doctors, and clinicians. We maximize our research impact by working across traditional boundaries.

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Leading-Edge Facilities

From resources on the Rice University campus to facilities in the Texas Medical Center—the largest medical complex in the world—Rice Neuroengineering offers an unrivaled level of access to the industry’s top facilities.

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Partners

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Collaboration at its finest

The Gulf Coast Consortia (GCC) brings together the strengths of its six member institutions to build interdisciplinary collaborative research teams and training programs. The GCC Cluster for Neuroengineering is uniquely positioned to make a global impact in the emerging and fast-growing area of neural engineering.

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Bringing Tier One to the Texas Medical Center

As a leading research university with a distinctive commitment to undergraduate education, Rice University aspires to path-breaking research, unsurpassed teaching and contributions to the betterment of our world. It seeks to fulfill this mission by cultivating a diverse community with an emphasis on learning and discovery that produces leaders across the spectrum of human endeavor.

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Advancing medicine, one project at a time

Home to one of the nation’s largest biomedical research programs, Baylor College of Medicine has a proven track record of success. The scale of our research enterprise; the exceptional caliber of faculty we attract; and the richness of biomedical research resources within Houston support creativity, innovation and discovery.

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Research that changes lives

The University of Texas Houston Health Science Center (UTHealth) is recognized internationally as one of the world's great research universities. UTHealth connects research, education, patient care and outreach in bold, innovative ways. Scientists and clinical researchers from all disciplines work together to deliver innovative solutions that create the best hope for a healthier future.

Funders

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Supporting interdisciplinary excellence

This Integrative Graduate Education and Research Traineeship (IGERT) award provides Ph.D. students at Rice University with innovative training in neuroengineering, spanning the disciplines of neuroscience, electrical engineering, mechanical engineering and bioengineering. In collaboration with Baylor College of Medicine and seven other universities and participating organizations, Rice University trainees are developing the tools to understand, interface with, model and manipulate the nervous system.

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Fueling the leading thinkers of tomorrow

The W. M. Keck Foundation is an American charitable foundation supporting scientific, engineering and medical research in the United States. It was founded in 1954 by William Myron Keck, founder and president of Superior Oil Company (now part of ExxonMobil). The Foundation's trust fund currently has assets in excess of 1 billion U.S. dollars.

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Transforming military technology

The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) has been responsible for funding the development of many technologies that have had a major effect on the world, including computer networking, as well as NLS, which was both the first hypertext system and an important precursor to the contemporary ubiquitous graphical user interface.

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Putting complex thought to work

Texas Instruments (TI) is a global semiconductor design and manufacturing company whose semiconductor innovations help 90,000 customers unlock the possibilities of the world as it should be—smarter, safer, greener, healthier and more fun.

Robinson/Veeraraghavan Laboratory

Seeing potential in a new way.

The Nanophotonic Computation Imaging Lab houses the equipment and experimental space for projects done in collaboration between Jacob Robinson and Ashok Veeraraghavan. It houses several laser sources, including a high-powered 488 nm LED laser used for fluorescence excitation. It is also home to a light sheet microscope, a beam profiling apparatus for testing beam characteristics in tissue phantoms, an aperture modulating IR imaging system and several powerful workstations used for simulating light propagation in nano-scale structures.

Current projects are focused on nano-scale optics and specialized processing techniques for in vivo fluorescence imaging. Nano-fabrication is made possible by the clean room facilities here at Rice and at the University of Houston.

Robinson/Veeraraghavan Laboratory

The Robinson Laboratory

Where nano meets neuro.

The Robinson Laboratory develops a wide range of nanotechnologies to measure and manipulate the activity of individual cells within the brain. The goal of our nano-neurotechnology is to improve the basic understanding of neural computation and the treatment of neurological disorders.

The lab is directed by Jacob T. Robinson in the Electrical and Computer Engineering & the Bioengineering Departments at Rice. Our work also includes collaborations with other groups at Rice, the Baylor College of Medicine and the University of Texas Health Sciences in Houston.

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The Robinson Laboratory

The Rice Integrated Systems and Circuits Laboratory

The ultimate resource for sensors and systems.

In this facility, collaborators and students focus on the analysis, design and testing of integrated sensors and systems with applications in high-speed wireless links, radar, medical imaging, biosensing and oil/gas monitoring. Current research includes Optoelectronic Systems and Devices in Conventional CMOS, Silicon-based Sensors for Electron Paramagnetic Resonance (EPR) Spectroscopy, and Imaging and Large-Scale Radiating Integrated (LSRI) Circuits and On-chip Antennas.

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The Rice Integrated Systems and Circuits Laboratory

The Bioscience Research Collaborative (BRC)

Next-generation medicine starts here.

The BRC is an innovative space where scientists and educators from Rice University and other Texas Medical Center institutions work together to perform leading research that benefits human medicine and health. More than just a building, it is an interdisciplinary, interinstitutional catalyst for new and better ways to collaborate, explore, learn and lead.

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The Oshman Engineering Design Kitchen (OEDK)

Real-world challenges. World-class solutions.

The OEDK provides a space for Rice undergraduate students majoring in select engineering and science fields to design, prototype and deploy solutions to real-world engineering challenges.

To create the full circle of real-world experience that has societal impact, interdisciplinary teams tackle problems proposed by industry and partners in the Texas Medical Center and abroad. On any given day in the OEDK, students are sharpening their minds and getting their hands dirty on some intriguing design challenges.

The OEDK is an 18,000-square-foot space, which includes not only the central work area with over 66 work tables, but also conference rooms, a classroom, a wet lab, rapid prototyping equipment, large-format printers, a designated woodworking area, a machine shop and access to a welding shop.

In just five short years, the OEDK has revolutionized engineering education at Rice by providing a collaborative hub where engineering students at all levels can tackle authentic, or “real-world,” design challenges. In the past, engineering design projects were completed in a variety of teaching and research labs or even in residential colleges at Rice.

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OEDK

The Center for Multimedia Communication (CMC)

Creating tomorrow’s mobile communications—today.

The Center for Multimedia Communication is a group of faculty and students dedicated to advancing mobile communications. A defining feature of the Center is the highly multi-disciplinary and collaborative nature of its research, which enables a deeper dive into all aspects of wireless theory, design and experimental design.

As a group, the CMC is committed to the growth of all members of the center—students, research engineers and faculty. By striving for combined success, the facility continues to successfully undertake very ambitious projects. Some examples include WARP, TFA Wireless and Argos.

The center’s singular focus is advancing mobile communications—faster and better from both network and device points-of-view.

While our goal is simply stated, improving upon existing highly advanced wireless networks requires rethinking wireless networks from the ground up and the top down. Our research methodology involves new architectures and protocols, complemented by information-theoretic analyses and targeted network experiments using our many testbed facilities.

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EtherNest at Rice University

A playground for the engineering mind.

The EtherNest is an old laboratory repurposed in 2014 to be a creative hackerspace for the self-motivated engineer to work on all types of engineering projects. It is a space where students from all disciplines can go beyond the theoretical, abstract content from their engineering courses and get their hands dirty by working on engineering projects that they direct themselves. It's the perfect opportunity for students to practically apply the material they've learned in class—and realize exciting projects that they've always wanted to build and make.

The EtherNest has a variety of tools and utilities available, including a soldering station, a complete inventory of various electrical components (capacitors, resistors, switches, wire, etc.), a microcontroller testing station (yet to be built, but planned for completion before the end of Fall 2014), 3D printers (one of which is currently being built), and a host of different microcontrollers. Materials are also able to be checked out.

The space was chosen from what was once a laser and course laboratory. Eager volunteers rallied around the cause, guided by ECE faculty members. The first year saw the introduction of many workshops. The EtherNest continues to follow this vision of creativity and social exploration of electrical engineering—and will continue to write its story.

Workshops - The EtherNest holds public workshops for building unique and useful electronics. The workshops are open to everyone, including majors and non-majors; everyone is encouraged to participate.

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EtherNest at Rice University