Howard Jay Chizeck


Howard Jay Chizeck
Professor, Department of Electrical Engineering
Adjunct Professor, Department of Bioengineering
Graduate Program in Neuroscience

UW CoMotion Presidential Innovation Fellow

Research Thrust Testbed Co-Leader
NSF ERC for Sensorimotor Neural Engineering

UW Biorobotics Laboratory

M446 EE Building
Box 352500
University of Washington
Seattle, WA 98195  

Phone: (206) 221-3591

chizeck  [at] uw [dot] edu

Massachusetts Institute of Technology, EECS, 1982 ScD
Case Western Reserve University, Systems and Control Engr., 1977 MS
Case Western Reserve University, Systems Engr., 1974 BS

[ Graduate Students]


Howard Jay Chizeck received his B.S and M.S. degrees from Case Western Reserve University, and the Sc.D. degree in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 1982. He has been a faculty member and Department Chair at two major research universities - in a small department at a private university and in a large department at a public university. From 1981 until 1998 he was at Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, serving as Chair of the Department of Systems, Control and Industrial Engineering from 1995 - 1998. He was the Chair of the Electrical Engineering Department at the University of Washington in Seattle from August 1998- September 2003. During that time the department experienced a period of dramatic and positive change. Both the undergraduate and graduate programs grew in quality, size and national rankings. Research activity and funding rapidly increased, from ($5.0M new grants/$6M expenditures) in 1998-1999 to approximately ($20M new grants/$15M expenditures) in both 2001-2002 and 2002-2003. External recognition of the departmental improvement, in terms of the US News and World Report rankings, improved (undergraduate and graduate) from the high 20's to the mid-teens.

Currently, he is a Professor of Electrical Engineering and Adjunct Professor of Bioengineering at the University of Washington. Professor Chizeck is a research thrust leader for the NSF Engineering Research Center for Sensorimotor Neural Engineering and also co-director of the UW BioRobotics Laboratory. His research interests are in telerobotics and neural engineering. His telerobotic research includes haptic navigation and control for robotic surgery and for underwater devices, as well as security of telerobotic systems.. His neural engineering work involves the design and security of brain-machine interfaces, and the development of assistive devices to restore hand and locomotion capabilities.

Professor Chizeck was elected a Fellow of the IEEE in 1999 "for contributions to the use of control system theory in biomedical engineering" and he was elected to the American Institute for Medical and Biological Engineering (AIMBE) College of Fellows in 2011 for "contributions to the use of control system theory in functional electrical stimulation assisted walking." From 2008-2012 he was a member of the Science Technology Advisory Panel of The Johns Hopkins Applied Physics Laboratory. Professor Chizeck currently serves on the Visiting Committee of the Case School of Engineering (Case Western Reserve University). He has been involved with several start-up companies. He is a founder and member of the Board of Directors of Controlsoft Inc (Ohio) and also is a founder and Chair of the Board of Directors of BluHaptics, Inc., which was established in 2013 to commercialize haptic rendering, haptic navigation and other UW telerobotic technologies.


Recent videos showing  haptic rendering and virtual fixtures research, including surgical and underwater applications.

An archive of older videos, press coverage and a long lecture presentation.

Selected Recent Publications 

S. Nia Kosari, F. Ryden, T.S. Lendvay, B. Hannaford H. J. Chizeck, "Forbidden Region Virtual Fixtures from Streaming Point Clouds," Advanced Robotics, 28 (22), 1507-1518, 2014.

T. Bonaci, J. Herron, T. Libey, B. Mogen, H. J. Chizeck, "Privacy Threats Against Brain-Computer Interfaces," American Journal of Bioethics, Neuroscience, vol. 6, no. 4, 2015.

T. Bonaci, J. Herron, C. Matlack, H. J. Chizeck, "Securing the Exocortex: A Twenty-first Century Cybernetics Challenge," IEEE Technology and Society Magazine, vol. 34, no. 3, 2015.

T. Bonaci, R. Calo, H. J. Chizeck, "App Stores for the Brain: Privacy & Security in Brain-Computer Interfaces," IEEE Technology and Society Magazine, vol. 34, no. 2, 2015.

T. Bonaci, J. Herron, T. Yusuf, J. Yan, T. Kohno, H. J. Chizeck, "To Make a Robot Secure: An Experimental Analysis of Cyber Security Threats Against Teleoperated Surgical Robotics," arXiv: 1504.04339, April 2015.

M. Malekmohammadi, J. Herron, A. Velisar, Z. Blumenfeld, M. H. Trager, H. J. Chizeck and H. Bronte-Stewart, "Kinematic adaptive Deep Brain Stimulation for resting tremor in Parkinson's disease," Movement Disorders, 2016.  DOI: 10.1002/mds.26482

C. Matlack, H.  J. Chizeck, C. T Moritz, "Empirical Movement Models for Brain Computer Interfaces," to appear, IEEE Trans. Neural Systems and Rehabilitation Engineering, 2016.

J. Herron and H. J. Chizeck, "Prototype Closed-Loop Deep Brain Stimulation Systems Inspired by Norbert Wiener,"  IEEE 2014 Conference on Norbert Wiener in the 21st Century. Boston, June 24-26, 2014.

T. Yusuf, T. Bonaci, T. Kohno, H. J. Chizeck. " 'Dr. Hacker, I Presume?' An Experimentally-Backed Discussion about Security of Teleoperated Surgical Systems. 2014 USENIX Summit on Health Information Technologies (HealthTech '14)." San Diego, Aug.19, 2014.

C. Matlack, A. Haddock, C. Moritz, H. J. Chizeck. "Motor Cortical Decoding Performance Depends on Controlled System Order," 36th Annual International IEEE EMBS Conference, Chicago, Aug. 26-30, 2014.

T. Bonaci, A. Alva, J. Herron, R. Calo, H. J. Chizeck. "I Did It My Way: On Law and Operator Signatures for Teleoperated Robots, "4th Annual Conference on Robotics, Law and Policy (WeRobot 2015). Seattle, April 10-11, 2015.

P. Moore, T. Brown, J. Herron, M.Thompson, T. Bonaci, S. Goering, H. J. Chizeck. "Personal Responsibility in the Age of User-Controlled Neuroprosthetics." 4th Annual Conference on Robotics, Law and Policy (WeRobot 2015). Seattle, April 10-11, 2015. 

T. Bonaci, J. Yan, J.Herron, T. Kohno, H. J. Chizeck. "Experimental Analysis of Denial-of-Service Attacks on Teleoperated Robotic Systems." ICCPS: 6th ACM/IEEE International Conference on Cyber-Physical Systems. Seattle, April 14-16, 2015.

J. Herron, T. Denison, H. J. Chizeck. "Closed-Loop DBS with Movement Intention." 2015 7th International IEEE/EMBS Conference on Neural Engineering. Montpellier, France. April 22-24, 2015.

K. Huang, L-T. Jiang, J. R. Smith, H. J. Chizeck. "Sensor-Aided Teleoperated Grasp of Transparent Objects." 2015 IEEE International Conference on Robotics and Automation (ICRA). Seattle, May 25-30, 2015. 

B. Houston, Z. Blumenfeld, E. Quinn, H. Bronte-Stewart, H. J. Chizeck. "Long-Term Detection of Parkinsonian Tremor Activity from Subthalamic Nucleus Local Field Potentials." 37th Conf. IEEE EMBS Confence,  Milan, Italy, August 25-29, 2015.

J. Yan, K. Huang, T. Bonaci, and H. J. Chizeck. "Haptic Passwords." 2015 IEEE International Conference on Intelligent Robots and Systems (IROS), Hamburg, Germany, Sept. 28-Oct, 2, 2015.

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