Professor Krishna Shenoy directs the Neural Prosthetic Systems Lab (NPSL) at Stanford University, where his group conducts neuroscience and neuroengineering research to better understand how the brain controls movement and to design medical systems to assist those with movement disabilities. His neuroscience research investigates the neural basis of movement preparation and generation using a combination of electrophysiological, behavioral, computational and theoretical techniques. His neuroengineering research investigates the design of high-performance neural prosthetic systems, which are also known as brain-computer interfaces and brain-machine interfaces. These systems translate neural activity from the brain into control signals for prosthetic devices, which assist disabled patients by restoring lost function. This work includes statistical-signal processing, machine learning, low-power circuits and real-time system modeling and implementation.
Shenoy received his B.S. (summa cum laude) in electrical engineering from the University of California, Irvine under Professor G.L. Shaw in 1990, and both his master’s and Ph.D. in electrical engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology under Professor C.G. Fonstad, Jr., in 1992 and 1995, respectively. He has been the recipient of the Burroughs Wellcome Fund Career Award in the Biomedical Sciences (1999), an assistant professor at Stanford University (2001–2008), an Alfred P. Sloan Research Fellow (2002), a Defense Science Research Council (DARPA) Fellow (2003-2005), and co-director (along with Professor Jaimie Henderson) of the Neural Prosthetics Translational Laboratory, part of Stanford Institute for Neuro-Innovation and Translational Neuroscience (SINTN) and Stanford’s Bio-X / NeuroVentures program (2009–present). He has received the 2009 NIH Director’s Pioneer Award, was director and a principal investigator of DARPA-DSO’s REPAIR research program (2010), and received the 2010 Stanford University Postdoc Mentoring Award and the 2013 University of California at Irvine Distinguished Alumnus Award (Henry Samueli School of Engineering). Shenoy is currently a full professor at Stanford University (2012-present), Departments of Electrical Engineering, Neurobiology (courtesy) and Bioengineering (affiliate).