BCI Research at Aalborg University

Natalie Mrachacz-Kersting is a PhD in Biomedical Engineering and Associate Professor at Aalborg University in Denmark. She leads a research group at the University of Aalborg that is engaged in basic neuromuscular mechanisms, their functional consequences mediating both acute adjustments (e.g., muscle fatigue, pain) and chronic adaptations (e.g., aging, training, stroke, rehabilitation), and methods to restore, replace, and modulate lost or impaired motor functions.

Computational neuroscience, signal processing, modeling, and electrophysiology are cornerstone methodologies used for the development of new technologies and applications in motor physiology and neurorehabilitation. These novel developments provide venues for cutting-edge research to emerge. Applications are made possible by the translation of research knowledge from the human experiments to the clinical settings. Such knowledge is used to further design and refine rehabilitation regimes for individuals with spinal cord or cortical injuries or musculoskeletal pain.

Natalie has been using the g.USBamps for approx. four years now. Last year she also invested in the g.Nautilus System and has been able to move from the more stringent laboratory conditions to the real world settings where BCIs find their applications.

“The quality of the signals surpasses our greatest expectations.” – says Natalie Mrachacz-Kersting

The research group consists of three laboratories that comprise state-of-the-art facilities for human and clinical experiments as well as unique instrumentation and methodologies developed by the group.

Brain-Computer Interface Lab

The aim of the BCI lab is to develop novel methods and systems for brain-signal based communication (including motor related EEG, auditory and spatial navigation imagery, spatial sound localization and steady-state visual evoked potentials) and multi-model systems for neurorehabilitation and training.

BCI Lab Natalie Mrachacz-Kersting

Human Locomotion Lab

The aim of the HL lab is to study the basic mechanisms underlying the generation of locomotor activity in humans. Our research interests include afferent feedback in generation of muscle activity in healthy and impaired, reflex modulation, inter-limb coordination and multimodal sensory integration for the control of walking.

BCI Lab Natalie Mrachacz-Kersting 3A study with an athletic sprinter from Norway

Neuroplasticity Lab

The aim of the NPL lab is to study the basic mechanisms of plasticity within the human nervous system. Our research interests are centered around investigating interventional strategies for inducing spinal and cortical plasticity in healthy and impaired populations.

BCI Lab Natalie Mrachacz-Kersting 6