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z) Mind-Over Matter: Brain-Controlled Systems

Wednesday, March 13, 2024
6:00 PM - 7:30 PM
St. Elizabeth Healthcare AHA Training Center (3861 Olympic Blvd., Erlanger, KY)


The rapid advancements in neuroscience and bio-mechatronics have paved the way for the development of brain-computer interfaces and mind-controlled systems for human-machine interaction. Professor Mahdi Yazdanpour and his research team in the Mechatronics Research Lab have designed and developed a Hybrid Electroencephalography (EEG)-based Brain-Computer Interface and a Mind-Controlled Prosthetic Arm. This project aims to create an accessible, customizable, and non-invasive bionic arm for individuals with limb amputations, empowering them to perform a variety of delicate everyday tasks and enhancing their overall interactive experience.


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Mahdi Yazdanpour
Assistant Professor of Engineering

Mind-Over Matter: Brain-Controlled Systems


Dr. Mahdi Yazdanpour is an Assistant Professor and Program Coordinator of Mechatronics Engineering Technology at Northern Kentucky University. He earned his Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering from Oklahoma State University. He joined the department of Physics, Geology & Engineering Technology at NKU in Fall 2020, after having been a part-time faculty during the 2019-20 academic year. Prior to that, he obtained his M.S. in Industrial Engineering and his B.S. in Computer Engineering. With over 9 years of experience in teaching and research in academia, Dr. Yazdanpour worked as an instructor in the School of Electrical and Computer Engineering and as a visiting professor in the School of International Studies and Outreach at Oklahoma State University. Additionally, Dr. Yazdanpour has more than 11 years of professional experience in industry, holding various technical, managerial, and leadership roles in manufacturing, power plants, and oil & gas companies. He is an IEEE Senior Member and actively serves as the Vice Chair of the IEEE Cincinnati Section. Furthermore, he serves as an Advisory Board Member of Gateway Community & Technical College.

His research interests include Intelligent Mechatronic Systems, Medical Robotics, Brain Computer Interface, Human Machine Interface, Mind-Controlled Systems, and Computer Vision. Dr. Yazdanpour's academic background in three distinct engineering fields, coupled with his diverse professional experience in industry, enables him to approach engineering problems from multiple perspectives and conduct research in multidisciplinary fields with a broader knowledge and interdisciplinary mindset. He has been the recipient of multiple grants and awards, and his research has been published in several peer-reviewed journals and presented at prestigious conferences.

For more information, please visit his LinkedIn page.