Turning Brain Waves into Words
Wednesday, November 1, 2023
306 Soda Hall (HP Auditorium)
4:00 – 5:00 pm
UCSF Weill Institute for Neurosciences
Electrical Engineering & Computer Sciences
Direct measurement of cortical activity using neural implants gives us a new window into the functioning of the human brain. In this talk, we will present the latest developments in Brain-Computer Interfacing (BCI) for communication using intracranial electrophysiology to externally augment lost function due to brain injury or stroke. A decade in the making, this work combines the latest in neural engineering, AI and neuroscience, enabling a neuroprosthesis that we tested in paralyzed participants within a clinical trial. This convergence of AI and neural interfaces also opens new avenues towards understanding of the basic mechanisms of human intelligence.
Eddie Chang is Weill Chair and Robertson Distinguished Professor of Neurosurgery at UCSF. He is a Blavatnik National Laureate, 2015, was elected to the National Academy of Medicine, 2022, and is an HHMI Faculty scholar and Chan Zuckerberg BioHub Investigator.
Gopala Anumanchipalli is an Assistant Professor in Electrical Engineering and Computer Sciences, UC Berkeley, and holds an adjunct position at Neurosurgery, UCSF. He leads the Berkeley Speech Group, and has been honored as a Rose Hills Innovator, UC Noyce Initiative Investigator, Kavli Fellow, Google Research Scholar and JP Morgan AI research Award.