Café Scientifique: Brain Computer Interfaces: Past, Present and Future

Monday, April 2, 2018
7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Carnegie Science Center


Imagine transmitting signals to someone’s brain allowing them to see, hear, or feel specific sensory inputs! The development of Brain Computer Interfaces (BCIs) revolutionizes how humans interact with the world around them and each other. In essence, they are devices which decode brain activity to infer intents and thoughts.

On April 2, join Dr. Sagi Perel, research engineer at Google, as he explores the origins of BCIs, explains how they work, discusses the current state of research, and speculates about the future of the field.

Dr. Perel earned his Bachelor of Science degree in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science at Tel Aviv University in Israel. He then pursued his doctorate in Neural Engineering at the University of Pittsburgh in collaboration with the Center for Neural Basis of Cognition, and conducted his postdoctoral research at the Bioengineering Department at Carnegie Mellon University where he studied information encoding for various brain signal modalities. His research spans multiple disciplines including: neuroscience, bioengineering, and machine learning and demonstrated the first ever real-time control of a robotic arm using a brain computer interface.

Food and drinks will be available for purchase.