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Vikash Gilja, PhD

Vikash Gilja, PhD

Assistant Professor
Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering

Contact Information

Phone: 858.822.0685

Jacobs Hall/EBU1, Room 4407

Mailing Address:
University of California, San Diego
9500 Gilman Drive #0407
La Jolla, CA 92093

Lab Website

Professor Gilja’s research focuses on brain-machine interfaces (BMIs) with a specific interest in translating basic research into clinical applications. Using statistical signal processing, machine learning and real-time embedded systems, he develops BMIs that effectively use neural signals to control prosthetic devices for individuals with paralysis and neurodegenerative disease.

More generally, he is interested in the development of diagnostic and therapeutic methods that leverage novel techniques and insights from neuroscience to better understand and address neurological and psychological disorders. His approach uses large scale datasets and closed loop control experiments with a variety of neural measurement techniques, including functional imaging and electrophysiology. At UC San Diego, he is using this multi-modal neural measurement approach with human participants to advance the engineering science of BMI and broaden their potential for clinical application.


Bishop WE, Chestek CA, Gilja V, Nuyujukian P, Foster JD, Ryu SI, Shenoy KV, Yu BM (2014) Self-recalibrating classifiers for intracortical brain computer interfaces. Journal of Neural Engineering. 11:026001.

Chestek CA, Gilja V, Blabe CH, Foster BL, Shenoy KV, Parvizi J, Henderson JM (2013). Hand posture classification using electrocorticography signals in the gamma band over human sensorimotor brain areas. Journal of Neural Engineering. 10:02602 (11pp).

Gilja V*, Nuyujukian P*, Chestek CA, Cunningham JP, Yu BM, Fan JM, Churchland MM, Kaufman MT, Kao JC, Ryu SI, Shenoy KV (2012) A High-Performance Neural Prosthesis Enabled by Control Algorithm Design. Nature Neuroscience. 15:1752-1757.

Chestek CA, Gilja V, Nuyujukian P, Foster JD, Fan JM, Kaufman MT, Churchland MM, Rivera-Alvidrez Z, Cunningham JP, Ryu SI, Shenoy KV (2011) Long-term stability of neural prosthetic control signals from silicon cortical arrays in rhesus macaque motor cortex. Journal of Neural Engineering. 8:045005.

Gilja V, Chestek CA, Diester I, Henderson JM, Deisseroth K, Shenoy KV (2011) Challenges and opportunities for next-generation intra-cortically based neural prostheses. IEEE Transactions on Biomedical Engineering. 58:1891-1899.

Cunningham JP, Nuyujukian P, Gilja V, Chestek CA, Ryu SI, Shenoy KV (2011) A closed-loop human simulator for investigating the role of feedback-control in brain-machine interfaces. Journal of Neurophysiology. 105:1932-1949.

Gilja V*, Chestek CA*, Nuyujukian P, Foster J, Shenoy KV (2010) Autonomous head-mounted electrophysiology systems for freely-behaving primates. Current Opinion in Neurobiology. 20: 676-686.