University at Albany

Excellence in Research

Each year, the University at Albany honors special members of its community with Excellence Awards denoting exceptional contributions to the life of the campus. Four faculty members received this tribute in 2007 for Excellence in Research.

Jonathan WolpawJonathan WolpawBiomedical Science

Jonathan Wolpaw is a professor of biomedical sciences in the School of Public Health. He is also a research physician at Wadsworth Center and chief of the Laboratory of Nervous System Disorders. He has been a central figure in the field of brain-computer interface (BCI) research and technology since its beginnings in the late 1980s. Working with a team of researchers, Wolpaw has shown that people, including those with severe motor disabilities, can learn to control sensor motor rhythms via scalp-recorded EEG or brain wave activity, and can use that control to move a computer cursor in one or two dimensions to select letters or icons on a computer screen, or even to move a robotic arm. Wolpaw has published more than 43 peer-reviewed journal articles on BCI, and a total of nearly 200 publications in other fields of neurobiology. Wolpaw's funding totals more than $7 million from the National Institutes of Health, IBM, the New York State Science and Technology Foundation, the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency, the Whitaker Foundation, the Eastern Paralyzed Veterans Association, the ALS Hope Foundation and the James S. McDonnell Foundation. Most recently, Wolpaw was honored by the American Paraplegia Society Jayanthi Charitable Foundation for his work in learning and memory in the spinal cord.

Excellence in Research

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