Dustin Tyler, PhD

Human Fusions
Functional Neural Interface Lab
Associate Director
Cleveland Advanced Platform for Technology
Kent H. Smith Professor II of Biomedical Engineering
Department of Biomedical Engineering
Case School of Engineering, School of Medicine

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Research Interests

The purpose of our research is to improve human neurologic health and function through the integration of engineered devices into living systems. The research goal is to advance the field of Neural Engineering in three specific areas:

  • Clinical implementation of neural prosthesis systems. Research projects include:
    • Sensation and human-in-the-loop control for amputees
    • Neuro-inspired stimulation paradigms
    • Spinal cord stimulation for pain management
    • Peripheral nerve electrodes to restore function following spinal cord injury
  • Advanced devices to improve extraction of information from and activation of the human nervous system
  • Neuromimetic interfaces between neural tissue and engineered devices

Learn more about the Human Fusions initiative.


  • IEEE Spectrum "Restoring the human touch: Prosthetics imbued with haptics give their wearers fine motor control and a sense of connection" Dustin J Tyler - 2016
  • Neuromodulation: Technology at the Neural Interface "Intensity Modulation: A Novel Approach to Percept Control in Spinal Cord Stimulation" Daniel Tan, Dustin Tyler, Jennifer Sweet, Jonathan Miller - 2015
  • Journal of Neural Engineering "Sensory feedback by peripheral nerve stimulation improves task performance in individuals with upper limb loss using a myoelectric prosthesis" Matthew Schiefer, Daniel Tan, Steven M Sidek, Dustin J Tyler - 2015
  • Christie, B., Graczyk, E., Charkhkar, H., Tyler, D., Triolo, R. (2019). Visuotactile synchrony of stimulation-induced sensation and natural somatosensation Journal of Neural Engineering 16(3), 036025. https://dx.doi.org/10.1088/1741-2552/ab154c
  • Graczyk, E., Gill, A., Tyler, D., Resnik, L. (2019). The benefits of sensation on the experience of a hand: A qualitative case series PLOS ONE https://dx.doi.org/10.1371/journal.pone.0211469
  • Tyler, D., Czura, C., French, J., Ludwig, K., Otto, K., Pape, F., Welle, C. (2019). Cleveland neural engineering workshop 2017: strategic evaluation of neural engineering Bioelectronic Medicine 5(1), 2. https://dx.doi.org/10.1186/s42234-019-0017-z
  • Cuberovic, I., Gill, A., Resnik, L., Tyler, D., Graczyk, E. (2019). Learning of Artificial Sensation Through Long-Term Home Use of a Sensory-Enabled Prosthesis Frontiers in Neuroscience 13(), 853. https://dx.doi.org/10.3389/fnins.2019.00853
  • Gelenitis, K., Sanner, B., Triolo, R., Tyler, D. (2019). Selective Nerve Cuff Stimulation Strategies for Prolonging Muscle Output IEEE Transactions on Biomedical Engineering PP(99), 1-1. https://dx.doi.org/10.1109/tbme.2019.2937061
  • Christie, B., Charkhkar, H., Shell, C., Marasco, P., Tyler, D., Triolo, R. (2019). Visual inputs and postural manipulations affect the location of somatosensory percepts elicited by electrical stimulation Scientific Reports 9(1), 11699. https://dx.doi.org/10.1038/s41598-019-47867-1
  • Graczyk, E., Resnik, L., Schiefer, M., Schmitt, M., Tyler, D. (2018). Home Use of a Neural-connected Sensory Prosthesis Provides the Functional and Psychosocial Experience of Having a Hand Again Scientific Reports 8(1), 9866. https://dx.doi.org/10.1038/s41598-018-26952-x
  • Charkhkar, H., Shell, C., Marasco, P., Pinault, G., Tyler, D., Triolo, R. (2018). High-density peripheral nerve cuffs restore natural sensation to individuals with lower-limb amputations Journal of Neural Engineering 15(5), 056002. https://dx.doi.org/10.1088/1741-2552/aac964
  • Graczyk, E., Delhaye, B., Schiefer, M., Bensmaia, S., Tyler, D. (2018). Sensory adaptation to electrical stimulation of the somatosensory nerves Journal of Neural Engineering 15(4), 046002. https://dx.doi.org/10.1088/1741-2552/aab790
  • Tyler, D. (2016). Restoring the Human Touch: Prosthetics imbued with haptics give their wearers fine motor control and a sense of connection


Biomedical Engineering
Case Western Reserve University
Bachelor of Science
Electrical Engineering
Michigan Technological University

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