HASS Inquiry Lecture: ADAPTIVE NEUROTECHNOLOGIES: PRINCIPLES AND PROMISE

 

HASS Inquiry Lecture: ADAPTIVE NEUROTECHNOLOGIES: PRINCIPLES AND PROMISE

EMPAC Theatre

November 25, 2013 4:00 PM - 6:00 PM

In this lecture, Wadsworth Center neuroscientist Jonathan R. Wolpaw will describe the surprising adaptive capabilities of the nervous system and explain how these capabilities enable the creation of neurotechnologies that can replace, restore, enhance, supplement, or improve brain function for people with disabilities, and perhaps for other people as well. He will also discuss several ethical and societal issues raised by these technologies. His presentation will be followed by a live demonstration of the Wadsworth brain-computer interface (BCI) home system, which can restore communication to people who are totally paralyzed.

Dr. Jonathan R. Wolpaw is a neuroscientist who has been engaged in basic and clinical research for over 30 years. He is a world leader in two new and very active research areas: the mechanisms and clinical applications of training-induced adaptive changes in the spinal cord and brain; and the development of brain-computer interfaces (BCIs) that allow totally paralyzed people to communicate. He is the author of 250 peer-reviewed articles, reviews, and book chapters, and is senior editor of the first BCI textbook. His research group has received numerous national and international awards.

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