Neuroengineering and Brain Technologies


Neuroengineering and Brain Technologies refer to the development and application of advanced technology to study the brain and the use of advances in neuroscience for further improvements in information and communication technologies and the diagnosis, prevention, and treatment of brain-related disorders. Through an engineering approach to brain science, we specifically aim at developing:

  • experimental and analytic methods to study the human brain and neuronal systems;
  • new tools and assays for neuropharmacology and to assess neurotoxicity;
  • new assistive or rehabilitation technologies, based on neural interfaces and advanced human-machine interfaces;
  • artificial systems that are capable of emulating the brain's sensory, motor and cognitive functionalities.

Studying the nervous system at multiple levels, from genes to neurons up to cognitive and behavioral mechanisms, in both normal and pathologic conditions, requires contributions from computer science, robotics, neuroinformatics, cognitive science and micro- and nano-technology.

ERC Keywords

PE6_9 Human computer interaction and interface, visualization and natural language processing
PE7_3 Simulation engineering and modelling
PE7_7 Signal processing
PE7_9 Man-machine-interfaces
PE7_10 Robotics
LS2_14 Biological systems analysis, modelling and simulation
LS5_4 Sensory systems (e.g. visual system, auditory system)
LS5_9 Systems neuroscience
LS7_1 Medical engineering and technology
SH4_4 Cognitive and experimental psychology: perception, action and higher cognitive processes

H2020 Keywords

SC1 Health, demographic change and wellbeing
- Advancing active and healthy ageing
- Integrated, sustainable, citizen-centred care

Leadership in Enabling & Industrial Technologies

Other keywords

Rehabilitation technologies, Neural Control of Movements, Motor Skill Learning

Application domains

  • Neural prostheses, brain-machine interfaces(BMI, BCI) and bio-hybrid interaction modalities
  • Novel diagnostic and rehabilitatation tools for diagnossis and treatment of cerebrovascular accidents (stroke), post-traumatic brain injury and neurodegenerative diseases
  • Biomimetic information processing systems
  • Assistive technologies for neuromotor, sensory and cognitive recovery
  • In-vitro methods for neuropharmacology and neurotoxicology
  • Neuro-robotic systems

Collaboration with enterprises

  • Celin Srl, La Spezia (robotics for neurorehabilitation)
  • Chinesport SpA, Udine (rehabilitation technologies)
  • eTT (services for neurotoxicology)

Collaboration with universities and research centers

  • Fondazione Istituto Italiano di Tecnologia, Genova
  • Imperial College of Engineering and Medicine, Londra (UK)
  • Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago/Northwestern University, Chicago (USA)
  • Fondazione S. Maugeri IRCCS, Pavia/Veruno/Genova-Nervi
  • Fondazione Don C. Gnocchi IRCCS, Milano
  • Ospedale G. Gaslini IRCCS, Genova
  • Università di Bologna
  • University of Granada (Spagna)


  • M. Chessa, F. Solari, M. Garibotti, S.P. Sabatini, “Improved three-dimensional stereoscopic rendering of virtual objects for a moving observer”. Assignee: University of Genoa. Pending international Patent application PCT/IB2012/057284 13th December 2012 (TO2011A001150, 14th December 2011).


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