Neuromodulation of peripheral nerve activity, real-time control methods applied to electrophysiology measurements, mechanisms of temporal synchrony in neural systems, neural control of breathing
Robert Butera is a Professor jointly appointed in the School of Electrical/Computer Engineering at Georgia Tech and the Wallace H. Coulter Dept. of Biomedical Engineering at Georgia Tech and Emory University, both in Atlanta, GA USA. He is also the Co-Director of a newly established Neural Engineering Center, focused on bringing together clinicians and neuroscientists with engineers to develop novel methods for neuromodulation. His lab develops methodologies for selectively stimulating and blocking peripheral nerve activity for sensorimotor and organ modulation applications. His group also develops open software (http://www.rtxi.org) for enabling real-time closed-loop control of electrophysiology experiments and more recently is developing ultra-low cost open hardware to do the same (http://www.puggleboard.com). For over 15 years Dr. Butera’s lab has been established in the fields of cellular neurophysiology and computational neuroscience and the development of novel experiments that combine the two through real-time computing. This experience and recent clinical collaborations has motivated his lab to shift research direction over the past few years towards translational neuroscience applications. Professionally, Dr. Butera serves on the Board of Directors of the Organization for Computational Neuroscience and is the Vice-President for Finance for the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society. Dr. Butera is a Fellow of AIMBE and AAAS. His research has been funded by NSF, NIH, DARPA, nonprofit foundations, and industry.