What we do

We apply electrical engineering, bioengineering, medical, and statistical approaches to an extremely elaborate system—the human brain. Our work addresses complex, interconnected problems within the brain that require multi-disciplinary, multi-institutional collaboration to solve.

Our Mission: We provide a cohesive environment that fosters collaboration between researchers, scientists, doctors, and clinicians. We maximize our research impact by working across traditional boundaries.


Leading-Edge Facilities

From resources on the Rice University campus to facilities in the Texas Medical Center—the largest medical complex in the world—Rice Neuroengineering offers an unrivaled level of access to the industry’s top facilities. Our home base is the BioScience Research Collaborative, an innovative, interdisciplinary facility for researchers, educators and students.

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Collaboration at its finest

The Gulf Coast Consortia (GCC) brings together the strengths of its six member institutions to build interdisciplinary collaborative research teams and training programs. The GCC Cluster for Neuroengineering is uniquely positioned to make a global impact in the emerging and fast-growing area of neural engineering.


Bringing Tier One to the Texas Medical Center

As a leading research university with a distinctive commitment to undergraduate education, Rice University aspires to path-breaking research, unsurpassed teaching and contributions to the betterment of our world. It seeks to fulfill this mission by cultivating a diverse community with an emphasis on learning and discovery that produces leaders across the spectrum of human endeavor.


Advancing medicine, one project at a time

Home to one of the nation’s largest biomedical research programs, Baylor College of Medicine has a proven track record of success. The scale of our research enterprise; the exceptional caliber of faculty we attract; and the richness of biomedical research resources within Houston support creativity, innovation and discovery.


Research that changes lives

The University of Texas Houston Health Science Center (UTHealth) is recognized internationally as one of the world's great research universities. UTHealth connects research, education, patient care and outreach in bold, innovative ways. Scientists and clinical researchers from all disciplines work together to deliver innovative solutions that create the best hope for a healthier future.



Supporting interdisciplinary excellence

This Integrative Graduate Education and Research Traineeship (IGERT) award provides Ph.D. students at Rice University with innovative training in neuroengineering, spanning the disciplines of neuroscience, electrical engineering, mechanical engineering and bioengineering. In collaboration with other universities and organizations, trainees are developing the tools to understand, interface with, model and manipulate the nervous system.


Putting complex thought to work

The National Science Foundation (NSF) is an independent federal agency that supports research and people to create knowledge that transforms the future. With their support, we are closer than ever to understanding the mysteries of the mind and training the leaders of tomorrow.


Transforming military technology

The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) has been responsible for funding the development of many technologies that have had a major effect on the world, including computer networking, as well as NLS, which was both the first hypertext system and an important precursor to the contemporary ubiquitous graphical user interface.


Fueling the leading thinkers of tomorrow

The Dan L. Duncan Family Foundation is known for their philanthropic work in healthcare and the sciences and founded the Jan and Dan Duncan Neurological Research Institute at Texas Children's Hospital in the heart of the Texas Medical Center. Thanks to their generous support, we have been able to add more postdoctoral researchers to our team, providing further training for tomorrow's leaders and expanding our library of knowledge.

Robinson/Veeraraghavan Laboratory

Seeing potential in a new way.

The Nanophotonic Computation Imaging Lab houses the equipment and experimental space for projects done in collaboration between Jacob Robinson and Ashok Veeraraghavan. It houses several laser sources, including a high-powered 488 nm LED laser used for fluorescence excitation. It is also home to a light sheet microscope, a beam profiling apparatus for testing beam characteristics in tissue phantoms, an aperture modulating IR imaging system and several powerful workstations used for simulating light propagation in nano-scale structures.

Current projects are focused on nano-scale optics and specialized processing techniques for in vivo fluorescence imaging. Nano-fabrication is made possible by the clean room facilities here at Rice and at the University of Houston.

Robinson/Veeraraghavan Laboratory

The Robinson Laboratory

Where nano meets neuro.

The Robinson Laboratory develops a wide range of nanotechnologies to measure and manipulate the activity of individual cells within the brain. The goal of our nano-neurotechnology is to improve the basic understanding of neural computation and the treatment of neurological disorders.

The lab is directed by Jacob T. Robinson in the Electrical and Computer Engineering & the Bioengineering Departments at Rice. Our work also includes collaborations with other groups at Rice, the Baylor College of Medicine and the University of Texas Health Sciences in Houston.

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The Robinson Laboratory

The Realtime Neuralengineering Laboratory

Understanding memory through neural interfacing.

They design systems to interact with complex neural circuits in vivo in behaving rodents. These systems enable them to explore how information is processed, stored, and retrieved in both healthy brains and in models of human neurological diseases and disorders. The experimental neurobiological topics they focus most on are understanding memory and the mechanisms of deep brain stimulation. Additionally, they work on pure neural interface technology development as well as building software and embedded tools for data analysis and experiments.

Housed in the BioScience Research Collaborative, the lab is directed by Caleb Kemere in the Electrical and Computer Engineering & the Bioengineering Departments at Rice.

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The Realtime Neural Engineering Laboratory

The Bioscience Research Collaborative (BRC)

Next-generation medicine starts here.

The BRC is the home — and heart — of Rice's Neuroengineering Initiative. It is an innovative space where scientists and educators from Rice University and other Texas Medical Center institutions work together to perform leading research that benefits human medicine and health. More than just a building, it is an interdisciplinary, interinstitutional catalyst for new and better ways to collaborate, explore, learn and lead. 

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The Oshman Engineering Design Kitchen (OEDK)

Real-world challenges. World-class solutions.

The OEDK is a hub for undergraduate engineering innovation. It represents a shift in the culture of engineering design at Rice. Through the OEDK, undergraduates are provided with ready access to design tools, prototyping equipment, computational facilities, meeting rooms, and ample space for prototype design and development — but the OEDK is more than a place where design happens. It's also a hub of activity and a social center that emphasizes creativity and experimentation.

The engineers of the future will be required to have a deep understanding of fundamentals, as well as the ability to work and succeed in diverse teams, and successfully communicate complex ideas. To that end, we go beyond textbooks at the OEDK. Students are given the hands-on experience needed to flourish through significant team design experiences.

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The Center for Multimedia Communication (CMC)

Creating tomorrow’s mobile communications—today.

The Center for Multimedia Communication is a group of faculty and students dedicated to advancing mobile communications. A defining feature of the Center is the highly multi-disciplinary and collaborative nature of its research, which enables a deeper dive into all aspects of wireless theory, design and experimental design.

As a group, the CMC is committed to the growth of all members of the center—students, research engineers and faculty. By striving for combined success, the facility continues to successfully undertake very ambitious projects. Some examples include WARP, TFA Wireless and Argos.

The center’s singular focus is advancing mobile communications—faster and better from both network and device points-of-view.

While our goal is simply stated, improving upon existing highly advanced wireless networks requires rethinking wireless networks from the ground up and the top down. Our research methodology involves new architectures and protocols, complemented by information-theoretic analyses and targeted network experiments using our many testbed facilities.

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EtherNest at Rice University

A playground for the engineering mind.

The EtherNest is a creative hackerspace for the self-motivated engineer to work on all types of engineering projects. It is a space where students from all disciplines can go beyond the theoretical, abstract content from their engineering courses and get their hands dirty by working on engineering projects that they direct themselves. It's the perfect opportunity for students to practically apply the material they've learned in class—and realize exciting projects that they've always wanted to build and make.

The space was chosen from what was once a laser and course laboratory. Eager volunteers rallied around the cause. The EtherNest holds public workshops for building unique and useful electronics. The workshops are open to everyone, including majors and non-majors; everyone is encouraged to participate. The space continues to follow this vision of creativity and social exploration of electrical engineering—and will continue to write its story.

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EtherNest at Rice University