Robert Butera




Primary School/Department: 
Georgia Tech School of Electrical and Computer Engineering
Title 2: 
Associate Dean for Research and Innovation, College of Engineering

Office Location: 
UAW 3111
Georgia Institute of Technology


Robert Butera is a Professor jointly appointed in the School of Electrical/Computer Engineering at Georgia Tech and the Wallace H. Coulter Dept. of Biomedical Engineering at Georgia Tech and Emory University, both in Atlanta, GA USA.  He is also the one of the founders of the Neural Engineering Center, focused on bringing together clinicians and neuroscientists with engineers to develop novel methods for neuromodulation, where he continues to serve on the executive committee. His lab develops methodologies for selectively stimulating and blocking peripheral nerve activity for sensorimotor and organ modulation applications.  His group also develops open software ( for enabling real-time closed-loop control of electrophysiology experiments and more recently is developing ultra-low cost open hardware to do the same (  For over 15 years Dr. Butera‚Äôs lab has been established in the fields of cellular neurophysiology and computational neuroscience and the development of novel experiments that combine the two through real-time computing. This experience and recent clinical collaborations has motivated his lab to shift research direction over the past few years towards translational neuroscience applications.  Professionally, Dr. Butera serves as the Vice-President for Publications for the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society.  Dr. Butera is a Fellow of AIMBE and AAAS and a Distinguished Lecturer of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society. 

Research Affiliations:

Research Center Affiliations: 
Regenerative Engineering and Medicine (REM)
Integrated Cancer Research Center
Center for Neural Engineering

Research Areas:

Research Areas: 

Research Interests:

  • Neuromodulation of peripheral nerve activity
  • Real-time control methods applied to electrophysiology measurements
  • Autonomic modulation of visceral organs.

Our laboratory combines engineering and neuroscience to tackle real-world problems. We utilize techniques including intracellular and extracellular electrophysiology, computational modeling, and real-time computing.