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Neuroengineering is the study of neural function through the use of computer simulation, hardware-based modeling, and mathematical analysis in concert with physiological and psychophysical experiment. The goal is to use engineering analysis to uncover the principles of neural function and to use these principles in the design of neuromorphic systems. The Neuroengineering Research Laboratory of the University of Pennsylvania is dedicated to the study of this rapid developing bioengineering field and was built with support from the Whitaker Foundation and the National Science Foundation.

The Neuroengineering Research Laboratory is the synthesis of four individual labs directed by Leif Finkel, Gershon Buchsbaum, Kwabena Boahen, and Dan Bogen. While pursuing several lines of research that fuse engineering techniques with neurobiology, a uniting principle is the bidirectional nature of the investigations which join basic and applied science research. On the one hand the investigators wish to build models of neurons and neuronal networks in order to better understand neurophysiological and psychophysical data, develop novel hypotheses, highlight gaps in our current knowledge base, and elucidate new lines of experimental inquiry. On the other hand, they attempt to "reverse engineer" the brain, developing hardware and software systems that robustly solve computationally difficult problems that the biological brain excels at on a routine basis.

Neuroengineering at Penn is a focus of three cross-University Institutes: the Institute for Neurological Sciences (INS), the Institute for Research in Cognitive Science (IRCS), and the Institute for Medicine and Engineering (IME). Primary faculty are from the department of Bioengineering. Both graduate and undergraduate students are drawn from several divisions of the university including the School of Engineering and Applied Science, the School of Medicine, and the School of Arts and Sciences typically pursuing degrees in bioengineering, neuroscience, electrical engineering, or mathematics.

For more information on Neuroengineering at Penn, please visit http://www.neuroengineering.upenn.edu/

For more information on the Institute for Medicine and Engineering (IME), please visit http://www.med.upenn.edu/ime/

For more information on the Institute for Neurological Science (INS), please visit http://www.med.upenn.edu/ins/

For more information on the Institute for Research in Cognitive Science (IRCS), please visit http://www.ircs.upenn.edu/

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