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In various sciences, neural engineering is an emerging interdisciplinary field of research that uses engineering techniques to investigate the function and manipulate the behavior of the central or peripheral nervous systems. The field draws heavily on the fields of computational neuroscience, experimental neuroscience, clinical neurology, electrical engineering and signal processing of living neural tissue, and encompasses elements from robotics, computer engineering, tissue engineering, materials science, and nanotechnology.


Prominent goals in the field include restoration and augmentation of human function via direct interactions between the nervous system and artificial devices. Current research is focused on understanding the coding and processing of information in the sensory and motor systems, quantifying how this processing is altered in the pathological state, and how it can be manipulated through interactions with artificial devices including brain-computer interfaces and neuroprosthetics.

As neural engineering is an emerging field, information and research relating to it is comparatively limited, although this is changing rapidly. The first journal specifically devoted to neural engineering started in 2004: The Journal of Neural Engineering, and the first of now two international conference on neural engineering was held in Capri, Italy, in 2003 [1]. The 3rd one will be held in May 2007 in Hawaii.

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Related References

  • Neuroengineering Daniel J DiLorenzo (2007
  • Neural Engineering Bioelectric Bin He (2005)
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  • Deep Brain Stimulation for Parkinson's Disease (2007)
  • Handbook of Stereotactic and Functional Neurosurgery (2003)
  • Neural Prostheses: Fundamental Studies (1990)

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See also

de:Neurotechnik lt:Neurotechnika ru:Нейрокибернетика zh:神经工程

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