Research Spotlights


January 17, 2020

From Robot Control to Rewriting the Mind

Rewriting the brain

As Neuralink, a brain-computer interface (BCI) company led by eccentric billionaire Elon Musk, continues to make headlines, UBC is preparing to make a significant impact in the design and application of BCI technology.


March 18, 2019

Creating a safer volleyball

Volleyball image

Although volleyball is a limited-contact sport, many volleyball players still sustain concussions from unfortunate encounters with high-speed balls. Now investigators at the University of British Columbia have found that the…


March 8, 2019

Rewriting the Future in Bioink

Writing with Bioink

One morning in March 2006, eight men gathered in a hospital ward in northwest London. Young and healthy, they were there to participate in a clinical trial for TGN1412, an experimental arthritis and leukemia drug. At eight o’…


March 4, 2019

The next generation of bionic devices

bionic arm

Led by electrical and computer engineering professor Dr. John Madden, the newly-formed Bionics Network connects over two dozen principal investigators at UBC, Simon Fraser University and the University of Victoria, working in…


February 27, 2019

Creating the next generation of bat-inspired aircraft

bat wing

From Clément Ader’s pioneering 19th-century flying machines to the present-day Bat Bot and BionicFlyingFox, aircraft design has been influenced by bats for more than 130 years.  

Now, a comprehensive 3D computer model…