Clinical and experimental realms

Neurotechnology is poised to become one of the most exciting new areas of the 21st century.
Neurotechnologies integrate advanced methods in electrical engineering and computer science with current understanding in neuroscience and neurophysiology to produce new devices that can diagnose, cure or alleviate disorders of the nervous system.
Current work in this area centers on development of new devices that can interact with the nervous system, on new mathematical or software techniques that enable or facilitate this interaction, and on achieving a refined understanding of the physiological basis of normal and abnormal function.
This work is making great strides toward the design and implementation of a new generation of devices that can:

  • 1) restore or augment sensory function (e.g., cochlear or retinal implants) or motor function (e.g., brain-computer interfaces for people with severe paralysis or neurorehabilitation for people with stroke);
  • 2) diagnose normal or abnormal brain function (e.g., real-time functional brain mapping); or
  • 3) cure or alleviate symptoms of disease (e.g., deep brain stimulation to treat tremor in patients with Parkinson’s disease).

This two-day workshop highlights scientific, engineering, and clinical aspects of this exciting new area.
It is presented by leading experts from the United States of America, Germany, and Italy, and features theoretical lectures as well as practical tutorials with brain-computer interfaces that allow people to control devices using brain signals.
The purpose of this workshop is to bring together experts in this emerging field, and to communicate the exciting prospects of this area.