Neurotech - windows to your soul
The emerging discipline of neurotechnology fuses neuroscience with technology. We are at the beginning of an exciting journey, which could unlock many applications inspired by how the brain functions. By looking from the whole brain system down to the neuronal networks it is possible to reverse engineer to the underlying algorithms that drive the brain and behaviour. Current research has led to the creation of neurotechnologies like brain-machine-interfaces that utilise eye tracking for marketing or controlling computers. The future will see a new generation of neurotechnologies – including, one day, cognitive prosthetics.
"I'm curious about... how a multi-disciplinary approach in experimental human studies can reveal how the brain and behaviour works."Dr Aldo Faisal
Dr Aldo Faisal Aldo is a Senior Lecturer in Neurotechnology jointly in the Departments of Bioengineering and Computing at Imperial College London. He is also Associate Group Head at the MRC Clinical Sciences Center (Hammersmith Hospital) and is affiliated faculty at the Gatsby Computational Neuroscience Unit (University College London). He gained insights into strategic management consulting with McKinsey & Co. and as a "quant" with the investment bank Credit Suisse. In winter 2009 Aldo setup the Brain & Behaviour Lab at Imperial College to pursue a research program that aims at understanding the brain with principles from engineering, which he often immediately translates into direct technological applications for patients and the general public.
Dr Aldo Faisal’s research focuses on cross-disciplinary computational and experimental approaches to investigate how the brain and its neural circuits are designed to learn and control goal-directed movements. These are some of the questions Faisal is currently seeking to answer:
- How do our brains generate behaviour from our intentions?
- What are the underlying algorithms that drive the brain?
- How can this knowledge be used in medicine for physical and mental health?
- How can eyetracking be used to understand intention and behaviour?
Industry Insider Reports, NeuroInsights
A Brain Implant that Thinks, MIT Technology Review
Miniature 'human brain' grown in lab, BBC News
Disruptions: Brain Computer Interfaces Inch Closer to Mainstream, The New York Times
Mind-reading light helps you stay in the zone, New Scientist
Foresight and futures work
WEF Global Future Council
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