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Maryam Shanechi

  • Maryam Shanechi
  • Dept: Electrical and Computer Engineering
  • Title: Assistant Professor
  • Address: Room 325 Frank H T Rhodes Hall
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Dr. Shanechi received the B.A.Sc. degree with honors in Engineering Science from the University of Toronto in 2004 and the S.M. and Ph.D. degrees in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science (EECS) from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) in 2006 and 2011, respectively. In her S.M. work, she developed efficient coding architectures for communication over multiple-input multiple-output channels. In her Ph.D. work, Dr. Shanechi led an interdisciplinary project across three laboratories at MIT, Harvard Medical School (HMS), and Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH), to develop novel brain-machine interface architectures. She has held postdoctoral fellowships at HMS/MGH and in the EECS department at the University of California, Berkeley. She has received various awards for academic achievement including the Professional Engineers of Ontario gold medal, the W.S. Wilson medal, and the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada doctoral fellowship.

Research Interests

Dr. Shanechi's research focuses on applying the principles of information and control theories and statistical signal processing to develop effective solutions for basic and clinical neuroscience problems that involve the collection and manipulation of neural signals and information. One problem of particular interest to her is brain-machine interface design for motor function and for closed-loop control of anesthesia. Her work combines methodology development with in vivo implementation and testing.

Selected Publications

  • Shanechi, Maryam, R. Hu, M. Powers, G. W. Wornell, E. N. Brown, Z. Williams. 2012. "Neural Population Partitioning and a Concurrent Brain-machine Interface for Sequential Motor Function." Nature Neuroscience 15 (12).
  • Shanechi, Maryam, J. Chemali, M. Liberman, K. Solt, E.N. Brown. 2013. "A Brain-machine Interface for Control of Medically-induced Coma." PLoS Computational Biology 9 (10).
  • Shanechi, Maryam, R. Hu, Z. M. Williams. 2014. "A Cortical-spinal Prosthesis for Targeted Limb Movement in Paralyzed Primate Avatars." Nature Communications 5:3237.
  • Shanechi, Maryam, G. W. Wornell, Z. M. Williams, E. N. Brown. 2013. "Feedback-controlled Parallel Point Process Filter for Estimation of Goal-directed Movements from Neural Signals." IEEE Transactions on Neural Systems and Rehabilitation Engineering 21 (1).
  • Shanechi, Maryam, Z. Williams, G. W. Wornell, R. Hu, M. Powers, E. N. Brown. 2013. "A Real-time Brain-machine Interface Combining Motor Target and Trajectory Intent Using an Optimal Feedback-control Design." PLoS ONE 8 (4).

Selected Awards and Honors

  • Doctoral Fellowship (Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC)) 2006
  • Hewlett-Packard Graduate Fellowship (Hewlett-Packard) 2006
  • Canada Post Graduate Scholarship Winner 2004
  • Exceptional Student Award. Selected by the Skulematters Magazine published by the Faculty of Engineering (University of Toronto) 2004
  • Wilson Medal in Engineering Science. Ranked first among all Engineering Science graduates at the University of Toronto (University of Toronto) 2004



  • B.A.Sc. (Engineering Science), University of Toronto, 2004
  • S.M. (Electrical Engineering and Computer Science), Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 2006
  • Ph D (Electrical Engineering and Computer Science), Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 2011