Mitchell E. Tyler

Areas of Expertise 

  • Electrical Engineering 
  • Biomedical Engineering 
  • Sensory Substitution
  • Clinical Studies

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.

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.