Prof. Dr. Olaf Blanke

Olaf Blanke

Fondation Bertarelli LNCO Olaf Blanke EPFL


Olaf Blanke is founding Director of the Center for Neuroprosthetics and holds the Bertarelli Foundation Chair in Cognitive Neuroprosthetics at the Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL). He also directs the Laboratory of Cognitive Neuroscience at EPFL and is Professor of Neurology at the Department of Neurology at the University Hospital of Geneva. Blanke’s human neuroscience research is dedicated to the understanding of how the brain represents our body and the neuroscientific study of consciousness. In neuroprosthetics he develops the fields of robotic psychiatry, cognetics, and cogniceuticals.


The Blanke Lab (Bertarelli Chair in Cognitive Neuroprosthetics) targets the brain mechanisms of body perception, body awareness and consciousness. Neuroscience projects rely on the investigation of healthy subjects, neurological, psychiatric, orthopedic patients by combining psychophysical and cognitive paradigms, neuroimaging techniques (high resolution fMRI, intracranial and surface EEG, TMS), and engineering-based approaches (virtual reality, robotics, vestibular stimulation). In neuroprosthetics, we pursue an active line of research on sensory substitution, neurorehabilitation, and human enhancement. Pioneering the field of cognitive neuroprosthetics, we have integrated several engineering techniques such as robotics, haptics, and virtual reality with a broad range of behavioral and neuroscience technologies. Most recently we have pursued the development of the field of robotic psychiatry (robotics to understand the brain mechanisms of psychiatric symptoms) and cogniceuticals (the application of robotics and augmented reality to enhance and alter mind, cognition, and consciousness).


Cognetics, cogniceuticals, robotic psychiatry