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About Kurt Kaczmarek
Kurt A. Kaczmarek is an electrical and biomedical engineer and scientist with over 25 years experience in developing haptic displays and electrotactile interfaces for sensory substitution. He is a recognized expert in electrotactile stimulation, and is the co-inventor (with Dr. Bach-y-Rita) of the core tongue display technology on which the CN-NINM and BrainPort systems are based. He developed and tested the first version of both the tongue display and fingertip electrotactile display for vision applications. He received the B.S. degree from the University of Illinois, Urbana, in 1982, and the M.S. and Ph.D. degrees from the University of Wisconsin, Madison, in 1984 and 1991, all in electrical engineering. His doctoral thesis concerned developing optimal methods for communicating information using controlled electrical stimulation of touch (electrotactile or electrocutaneous stimulation) and this remains his core research area today. His other interest areas are tactile displays, sensory substitution and augmentation, sensory aids, haptics systems, neuromodulation, and instrumentation design. He is a Senior Scientist in the UW Department of Biomedical Engineering, and has been with TCNL since 1991.