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Date:12/22/2010

They can be adapted to enhance and improve physical therapy and physical rehabilitation methods, and for use in controlling neural prosthetic devices.

For national security uses, brain-machine interface systems could enable military personnel to collaborate with robotic devices or other autonomous vehicles, both on and off the battlefield.

The project will include ethical analysis of the research to foster discussion and debate about the social impacts of employing brain-machine interface technology.

Consortium for Emerging Technologies, Military Operations, and National Security

Led by Braden Allenby, professor in the School of Sustainable Engineering and the Built Environment.

The project will involve assessing the implications of emerging technologies for military and national security applications for example, microwave weapons, robots, cyborgs and physically performance-enhanced soldiers and exploring the potential social, cultural and political ramifications of employing these technologies.

Allenby will seek to develop a framework for effectively analyzing such impacts and to provide a reliable basis for public policy decisions to guide the use of such technologies.

Center for Integrated Sub-mm Environmental and Molecular Sensors

Led by Bertan Bakkaloglu, associate professor in the School of Electrical, Computer and Energy Engineering

The goal is to develop portable sensors able to detect small amounts of biological materials, chemicals, or bacteria in test samples from different sources, such as human body, environment, or atmosphere using Terahertz wavelength radiation.

Such sensors could be employed for health care, in the chemical industry, for national defense and security, and as a valuable tool in scientific research.

The work also promises to lead to a new industry based on the commercialization of Terahertz technologies for close-prox
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Contact: Joe Kullman
joe.kullman@asu.edu
480-965-8122
Arizona State University
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