Deborah Won

College of Engeering, Computer Science, and Technology
Department of Electrical & Computer Engineering
Office Location: ET A306
Phone: 323.343.5908 Email:

Office Hours
Tuesday13:30 - 15:00
Wednesday15:15 - 16:45

Deborah Won

Electrical and Computer Engineering

Office: E&T A306
Phone: 343-5908



I have been teaching at Cal State LA since January 2009. It's been a pleasure to meet many enthusiastic learners here, and work with very supportive faculty-colleagues, adminstrators, and staff.



My specialization is in biomedical engineering, and I have launched 5 new courses in biomedical engineering, which are expected to become part of a special option in Biomedical Engineering within the BS in Engineering program. I also enjoy teaching a variety of courses ranging from electronics to signal processing.

I am the faculty advisor for the Biomedical Engineering Society student organization. To join, please e-mail



Broadly speaking, my main research interests are in acquiring, interpreting, and modulating electrical signals in the body. For example, some of my research has dealt with a medical technology called deep brain stimulation, by which electrical current pulses are delivered to a deep structure in the brain called the subthalamic nucleus. This therapy is used in patients with movement disorders, such as Parkinson's disease. The question is why does it stop patients from experiencing symptoms like tremor, and how can we control it better?

My research laboratory is called Neural Engineering Technology Laboratory (NETlab). Presently, we are working on developing a new therapy centered around electrical stimulation of muscle nerves. This therapy is targeted to help spinal cord injury patients regain the abiilty to walk on their own. I am collaborating with Dr. Ray De Leon in Kinesiology on this area of research. We are also running a NeuroEngineering Journal Club..



Post-doctoralUniversity of Southern California
Los Angeles, CA
Biomimetic MicroElectronic Systems Engineering Research Center
Ph.D.Duke University
Durham, NC
Biomedical Engineering
Cambridge, MA
Electrical Engineering, Minor in Biomedical Engineering



Askari S, de Leon RD, Chao T, and Won DS. " The effect of timing electrical stimulation to robotically assisted stepping on neuromuscular activity and associated kinematics. " Journal of Rehabilitation Research and Development 50(6)2013
Chao TK, Askari S, de Leon RD, Won DS. " A System to Integrate Electrical Stimulation with Robotically Controlled Treadmill Training to Rehabilitate Stepping after Spinal Cord Injury. " IEEE Transactions on Neural Rehabilitation and Systems Engineering, 20(5): 730 - 7372012
Lee C, Won D, Cantoria MJ, Hamlin M, and de Leon RD "Robotic assistance that encourages the generation of stepping rather than fully assisting movements is best for learning to step in spinally contused rats " J Neurophysiol 105(6): 2764-2771June 2011
Liker MA, Won DS, et al. " Deep brain stimulation: an evolving technology " Proceedings of the IEEE 96(7)2008
Won DS, Tiesinga PHE, Henriquez CS, and Wolf PD. " An analytical comparison of the information in sorted and non-sorted cosine-tuned spike activity " Journal of Neural Engineering 4:322-3352007
Won DS and Wolf PD. " A simulation study of information transmission by multi-unit microelectrode recordings " Network: Computation in Neural Systems 15: 29-442004
Conn L, See PA, Chao T, Askari S, Lazzaretto, T, Chow C, Hamlin M, Lopez V, Won DS, de Leon RD " Effect of combining body weight supported treadmill training and functional electrical stimulation in spinally contused rats " Society for Neuroscience Annual MeetingOct. 2011
Won DS, Guo H, Dong J " Engaging CSULA Engineering Students in Biomedical Engineering Learning Activities with the Tablet PC " American Association for Engineering Education ConferenceJune 2011
Askari S, Zhang M, and Won DS " Implementation of an EMG-Based Measure of Rigidity in a PD Quantification System " Proceedings of the Biomedical Engineering Society Annual Meeting. Oct2010
Zhang M, Askari S, and Won DS " Improving the assessment of tremor and bradykinesia using the Tablet PC " Proceedings of the Biomedical Engineering Society Annual Meeting2010
Askari S, Zhang M, and Won DS "An EMG-Based System for Continuous Monitoring of Clinical Efficacy of Parkinson’s Disease Treatments " Proceedings of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology International Meeting. Aug2010
Avery Z, Castillo M, Guo H, Guo J, Warter-Perez N, Won D, and Dong J " Implementing Collaborative Project-based Learning Using the Tablet PC to Enhance Student Learning in Engineering and Computer Science Courses " Proceedings of Frontiers in Education2010
Lee C, Won D, Cantoria MJ, Hamlin M, and de Leon, RD " The effect of loose versus rigid robotic assistance on the hindlimb during treadmill stepping in spinally contused rats " Neurorehabilitation and Neural Repair 23:9722009
Cabral E, Lee R, and Won DS " Response-inhibition ERP analysis in patients with deep brain stimulation”. " Proceedings of the Biomedical Engineering Society Annual Meeting, October2009
Zhang M and Won DS " Information in pooled and labeled-line spike trains in a velocity-encoding generalized linear model " Proceedings of the Biomedical Engineering Society Annual Meeting. October2009
Won DS, Lee R, Cabral E " Characterization of deep brain stimulation artifact " U.S.-Korea Conference on Science, Technology, and Entrepreneurship, Raleigh, NC2009
Won DS, Velez-Colon JJ Liker MA " The magnitude and direction of DBS electrode deviation computed from fused CT and MR images " American Association of Neurological Surgeons Annual Meeting, San Diego, CA2009
Won DS, Hui JS, et al. " Precision of DBS electrode contact localization for motor efficacy and prevention of cognitive side effects " North American Neuromodulation Society Annual Meeting, Las Vegas, NV.2008
Won DS, Liker MA, Humayun MS " An analysis of the informational benefit of spike sorting under varying noise conditions " 15th Joint Symposium on Neural Computation, Irvine, CA2008



CourseCourse TitleDay and TimeRoomQuarter
EE 486Biomedical Signal ProcessingMW 13:30 - 15:10ET C255-DWinter 2016
EE 372Digital ElectronicsTR 11:40 - 13:20ET A226Winter 2016
EE 585Neural ComputationTR 13:30 - 15:10ET A332Spring 2015
CE 211 - SUCCEEd IIStatistics and ProbabilityMW 13:30 - 15:10KH B2018Spring 2015
EE 210Electrical MeasurementsM 13:10 - 16:00ET C249Spring 2014
EE 154Introduction to Biomedical ElectronicsTR 13:30 - 15:10ET C249Winter 2014
EE 204Circuit AnalysisTR 09:50 - 11:30KH B2910Fall 2013
EE 485Medical DevicesTR 11:40 - 13:20ET A332Fall 2013
EE 595Graduate Research Design and Methodology/td>MW 13:30 - 15:10ET C154Spring 2013
EE 290Computing in Electrical EngineeringMW 09:50 - 12:20ET C255DFall 2010
EE 561Stochastic Systems and EstimationMW 18:10 - 19:50ET A226Fall 2010
EE 360Control Systems IMW 16:20 - 18:00ET A125Winter 2010
EE 422Digital Signal ProcessingMW 13:30-15:10ET C255ESummer 2009
ELACELAC Summer ProgramTRF 12:00-16:00ET C255DJuly 2009
EE 334Probability and Random VariablesMW 09:50 - 11:30ET A125Spring 2009
EE 372Digital ElectronicsMW 18:10 - 19:50ET C160Winter 2009



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