On February 1, the College of Engineering welcomed its new Department Head of Biomedical Engineering Bin He. He succeeds Yu-li Wang, the R. Mehrabian Professor of Biomedical Engineering, who has served as department head since 2008.

He is committed to research and education at the convergence of engineering, biology, and medicine and aims to produce leaders who will address grand challenges in medicine and health through engineering innovation. He has relocated his lab, the Biomedical Functional Imaging and Neuroengineering Laboratory, to Carnegie Mellon.

“Biomedical engineering can be pushed from biomedical sciences or from engineering, and CMU is the ideal place to advance biomedical engineering through engineering innovation. I’m extremely excited to surround myself with the top-notch people in the College of Engineering, in Robotics, and in the Artificial Intelligence community at Carnegie Mellon,” says He.

Whereas many of the interfaces between computers and the human brain require sensors to be implanted in the brain, He’s pioneering research has changed our understanding on what noninvasive techniques for brain-computer interfaces can do for the development of mind-controlled robotics. His primary research goal is to develop engineering technologies that can understand brain dynamics and leverage these capabilities to develop next-generation neurorobotics.

He’s research is improving noninvasive dynamic brain imaging technologies so they are faster and more spatially precise. Conventional electroencephalography (EEG) is essentially a one-dimensional technique that does not provide information about the distributed nature of brain activity. He’s research uses very small electromagnetic signals generated by neurons to produce dynamic three-dimensional images of the brain function and dysfunction.

This research earned him the IEEE Biomedical Engineering Award, the highest honor IEEE can bestow to a member or nonmember in the field of biomedical engineering.