Andrew B. Schwartz, PhD

Professor, Neurobiology


E1440 Starzl Biomedical Science Tower
F: 412-383-6799
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PhD, University of Minnesota (1984)


Cerebral basis for volitional movement and cortical neural prosthetics.

Research Summary

Our research is centered on two aspects of motor control cerebral mechanisms of volitional arm movement and cortical control of neural prosthetics. We use electrode arrays to record action potentials from populations of individual neurons in motor cortical areas while monkeys perform tasks related to reaching and drawing. A number of signal-processing and statistical analyses are performed on these data to extract movement-related information from the recorded activity. Students interested in our research program should have programming experience and ability/desire to train monkeys.

Summer Undergraduate Research Program



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The promise of neurotechnology
Science, 350(6256), pg. 11, 2015
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Movement: How the Brain Communicates with the World
Cell 164, 1122-1135, 2016
Muelling K, Venkatraman A, Valois J-S, Downey J, Weiss J, Javdani S, Hebert M, Schwartz AB, Collinger JL, Bagnell JA
Autonomy Infused Teleoperation with Application to BCI Manipulation
Robotics: Science and Systems, 2015
Castellanos L, Vu VQ, Perel S, Schwartz AB, Kass RE
A multivariate gaussian process factor model for hand shape during reach-to-grasp movements
Statistica Sinica, 2015
Wodlinger B, Downey JE, Tyler-Kabara EC, Schwartz AB, Boninger ML, Collinger JL
Ten-dimensional anthropomorphic arm control in a human brain-machine interface: difficulties, solutions, and limitations
J. Neural Eng. 12(1), 2015


Taylor, D.M., Helms Tillery, S.I., Schwartz, A.B. Direct cortical control of 3D neuroprosthetic devices. Science, 296: 1829-1832, 2002.