Talks & Seminars
Title: Neurotechnology: Making Brain, Mind and Machine Work Together
Prof. Nitish V. Thakor, National University of Singapore
Date & Time: January 30, 2018 14:00
Venue: Room # SIC 201, 02nd Floor, C Block, Department of Computer Science and Engineering, Kanwal Rekhi (KReSIT) Building
Neurotechnology involves development of devices and sensors, along with signals and imaging, to build neural interfaces. The physical interface to the nervous system occurs through nerves and brain. Interface to mind works through capturing brain signals or images, and doing bidirectional communication, e.g. through stimulation, to build a brain-machine interface. Interface to machines, such as prosthesis or robots, is done through bionic interfaces, e.g. to control a prosthesis or capture sensory information and relay back to the person. Using the practical example of control of dexterous prosthesis for amputees, I will describe how sensors, electronics, signals and communications can be established to build brain machine interfaces. I will share ideas on neuromorphic interface to provide bionic interfaces for touch and vision to such machines. This is an exciting frontier that brings all engineering (EE, ME, Materials, CS) along with theory for solving esoteric brain-interface problems and practical bidirectional prosthesis control.
Speaker Profile:
Nitish V. Thakor is the Director of the Singapore Institute for Neurotechnology (SINAPSE) at the National University of Singapore and the Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering and Biomedical Engineering since 2012. He has also been the Professor of Biomedical Engineering at Johns Hopkins University since 1983. Prof. Thakor's technical expertise is in the field of Neuroengineering, where he has pioneered many technologies for brain monitoring to prosthetic arms and neuroprosthesis. He is an author of more than 370 refereed journal papers (H Index 68; I-10 Index 319), more than 20 patents, and co-founder of 4 companies. He is currently the Editor in Chief of Medical and Biological Engineering and Computing, and was the Editor in Chief of IEEE TNSRE from 2005-2011. Prof. Thakor is a recipient of a Research Career Development Award from the National Institutes of Health and a Presidential Young Investigator Award from the National Science Foundation, and is a Fellow of the American Institute of Medical and Biological Engineering, IEEE, Founding Fellow of the Biomedical Engineering Society, and Fellow of International Federation of Medical and Biological Engineering. He is a recipient of the award of Technical Excellence in Neuroengineering from IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society, Distinguished Alumnus Award from Indian Institute of Technology, Bombay, India, and a Centennial Medal from the University of Wisconsin School of Engineering.
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