Integrated Bionic MicroSystems Laboratory

At the iBionics Lab, our vision is to introduce conceptually novel neural engineering methodologies to interface artificial systems with biological organisms towards the next generation bionic cyber-physical systems. Broadly, we perform research at the intersection of bioMEMS (micro-electro-mechanical-systems), microelectronics, biophysics, electrochemistry and robotics. Our research efforts focus on the development and use of implantable and wearable biomedical microsystems for various in vivo and in vitro applications at different biocomplexity levels. We are particularly interested in biophotonics based brain machine interfaces, physiological and behavioral sensing through body area networks, remote control of locomotion in insects, and neuro-electronic interfaces with developing tissues and organisms.

One of the most efficient methods in the history of engineering has been “biomimetics” where researchers have looked at nature, learned from existing biosystems, and applied different engineering principles to mimic them when solving real life problems. As a result, many useful inventions have part of our daily lives. Despite our advances, we humans are still limited in our understanding and ability to mimic the more complicated properties of biological machines (such as autonomy and intelligence). To overcome these limitations, we follow an unconventional approach by fusing biological systems with artificial ones using novel engineering approaches. It is an interdisciplinary path that involves the intersection of neural engineering, MEMS, microelectronics, and biophysics.

We use the concept of “bionics” to contribute to the greater efforts of building a new cyber-physical, systems-based era where everything is connected through the Internet of Things.

Dr. Alper Bozkurt is the founder and director of the iBionics Lab. With over a decade of experience in the fields of Bioinstrumentation, Biomechatronics, and Biomimetic Systems, Dr. Bozkurt has a wealth of knowledge to help guide new research for solving complicated problems. His contribution to the advancement of science and research has been acknowledged with many different awards including the IBM Faculty Award, the NSF CAREER Award, and the IEEE Sensors Council Young Professional Award. He has authored over a dozen journal articles, more than 40 conference proceedings, and several book chapters. His wise leadership is an important part of the iBionics Lab and its success.

Significant Research

Cyborg Insect Networks for Exploration and Mapping (CINEMa)
Bandages with Biophotonic Sensing Capability to Study Sleep (SleepiBand)
Computer Aided Training Systems of Dogs (CATS for Dogs)

Latest News

March 2016

  • Dr. Bozkurt was a panelist during the NCSU College of Engineering panel on “NSF CAREER Workshop”.

February 2016

  • Bailey joined our lab as an undergraduate student and receives the ASSIST Fellowship.
  • Dr. Bozkurt receives the NSF CAREER Award. link
  • Dr. Bozkurt was a panelist in “ASSIST Generating the Internet of Things Roadmap Workshop”. link
  • Dr. Bozkurt served as a consultant for the Chief of Naval Operations Strategic Studies Group under US Naval War College on their report about “Cybernetic Organisms and Brain-Computer Interfaces” to be presented to the Chief of NAVY. link
  • Dr. Bozkurt was a panelist during the NCSU Office of Faculty Development panel on “Talking with Media about Faculty Work: Why bother?”.
  • iBionics Lab opened a booth during the Marbles’ Kid’s Museum “Future Me Kids Career Fair!” about being a research scientist. link

January 2016

  • Dr. Bozkurt was highlighted in the NCSU Results Magazine: link
  • Tahmid’s paper in collaboration with Dr. Sichitiu and Dr. Lobaton is a Best Paper Finalist in IEEE Conference on Wireless Sensors and Sensor Networks (WisNet 2016). link
  • Fay and Michael’s paper on smart health patches was published under the IEEE Conference on Biomedical Wireless Technologies, Networks, and Sensing Systems (BioWireleSS 2016).
  • James Reynolds joined our lab as a graduate student. Welcome James!
  • Jose published a paper in IEEE ISSCC 2016 in collaboration with IMEC Belgium. The lowest power PPG device with compressed sensing performed on chip. link
  • Our lab was highlighted in the American Scientist. link