Robert B. Northrop

Robert B. Northrop

Emeritus Professor
Office: Bronwell 206
Phone: (860) 486-2233




  • B.S., Electrical Engineering, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 1956.
  • M.S., Systems Engineering, University of Connecticut, 1958.
  • Ph.D., Physiology, University of Connecticut, 1964.

My areas of research have been broad and interdisciplinary, and are centered around biomedical engineering. I have done sponsored research on the neurophysiology of insect vision and models for visual neural signal processing. I have also done research on and developed working electrofishing systems for fish guidance and control at hydro-electric plant waterways. Still another area of sponsored research has been the design and simulation of nonlinear, adaptive, digital controllers to regulate in vivo drug concentrations or physiological parameters, such as blood glucose in diabetics. An outgrowth of this research has led to the development of mathematical models for the dynamics of the human immune system, which have been used to investigate theoretical therapies for autoimmune diseases, cancer, and HIV infections (AIDS). My current of research interest is in the area of non-invasive, optical sensors to measure physiological parameters. I have written textbooks on Analog Electronic Circuits, Introduction to Instrumentation and Measurements, and Endogenous and Exogenous Regulation and Control of Physiological Systems. I currently have a textbook under contract with CRC Press on Introduction to Dynamic Modeling of Neuro-Sensory Systems, which will be published in August, 2000. My general interest in instrumentation and sensors has led me to develop graduate courses in these areas, as well as courses in biomedical engineering. I also teach undergraduate EE instrumentation and analog electronic circuits courses. Following my retirement in 1997, I have continued to teach in the E&SE Department, and to do private consulting in the areas of instrumentation, measurements, sensors, and analog signal conditioning. I no longer serve as major advisor to graduate students.

Other Expertise:
Physiological Systems Modelling, including glucoregulation and the human immune system and HIV infection and therapies.


  • Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE); 
  • Sigma Xi; 
  • Phi Kappa Phi; 
  • Eta Kappa Nu; 
  • Tau Beta Pi.