Kurt A. Kaczmarek

Areas of Expertise 

  • Electrical Engineering 
  • Biomedical Engineering 
  • Tactile Communication

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.

Project Directors

Our team is led by three project directors, Kurt Kaczmarek, Mitchell Tyler and Yuri Danilov, who have a combined total of 65 years of experience in neuroscience, biomedical science, and engineering. 

Our Research

Founded in 1992, the Tactile Com­mu­nication & Neurorehabilitation Laboratory (TCNL) is located at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

We are a research center that uses the experience of many different areas of science to study the theory and application of applied neuro­plasticity, the brain’s ability to re­or­ganize in response to new informa­tion, needs, and pathways.

Our research is aimed at developing solutions for sensory and motor disorder rehabilitation.