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About Mitchell Tyler
Mitchell E. Tyler Mitchell E. Tyler is a mechanical and biomedical engineer and scientist with over 20 years of experience in research & development of visual and tactile displays for human-machine interfaces, and has been with TCNL since 1992. Mr. Tyler was co-founder of Wicab, Inc., (with Dr. Paul Bach-y-Rita), and Vice-President of Research and Development. He is the lead inventor of the BrainPort™ Balance device, and co-discoverer of the retention effect and the neurorehabilitation potential of tongue electrotactile stimulation. He was Principal Investigator on NIH SBIR grants developing balance, vision, and auditory substitution applications, and on a DARPA contract for an underwater navigation & orientation systems. Mr. Tyler received the B.S. degree in mechanical engineering from San Jose State University, San Jose, CA, in 1980, and the M.S. degree in biomedical engineering from the University of California, Berkeley, in 1985. He is a Researcher in the UW Department of Orthopedics and Rehabilitation Medicine and a Senior Lecturer in the UW Department of Biomedical Engineering, where he teaches biomedical engineering design, biomechanics, bioinstrumentation, and neuromotor control. His research interests include cutaneous and tongue-based electrotactile displays, human-machine interaction, and in clinical applications of non-invasive neuromodulation for rehabilitation. He is a Registered Professional Engineer in both California and Wisconsin.