Past Featured Articles & Videos

How Brain Scientists Forgot That Brains Have Owners

by Ed Yong – February 27, 2017

Five neuroscientists argue that fancy new technologies have led the field astray.

It’s a good time to be interested in the brain. Neuroscientists can now turn neurons on or off with just a flash of light, allowing them to manipulate the behavior of animals with exceptional precision…

Read more – The Atlantic

ieeeCESocTV: Interview with Paul Sajda, IEEE Brain Initiative Chair, at ICCE-2017 in Las Vegas

March 3, 2017

Narisa Nan Chu, IEEE Consumer Electronics Society representative to IEEE Brain Initiative, interviews Paul Sajda, who gave a keynote talk at ICCE-2017.

Brain Scanners Allow Scientists to ‘Read Minds’ – Could They Enable a ‘Big Brother’ Future?

by Julia Gottwald and Barbara Sahakian – February 9, 2017

Brain Scanners Allow Scientists to ‘Read Minds’ – Could They Enable a ‘Big Brother’ Future?

There is now a technology that enables us to “read the mind” with growing accuracy: functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI). It measures brain activity indirectly by tracking changes in blood flow – making it possible for neuroscientists to observe the brain in action. How far can – and should – this research take us?

Read more – The Conversation

Special Issue: Advanced Technologies for Brain Research

Proceedings of the IEEE – January 2017
Guest Editors Metin Akay, Paul Sajda, Silvestro Micera, Jose M. Carmena

Special Issue: Advanced Technologies for Brain Research

This special issue will serve to increase the public awareness and foster discussions on the multiple worldwide BRAIN initiatives, both within and outside the IEEE, providing an impetus for development of long-term cost-effective healthcare solutions. The topics presented across the 9 papers in this special issue will serve as scientific evidence for health and policy advocates of the value of neurotechnologies for improving the neurological and mental health and well-being of the general population.

Read more – IEEE Xplore

New Brain Mapping Technique Reveals Circuitry of Parkinson’s Disease Tremors

by Tom Abate – January 26, 2017

New Brain Mapping Technique Reveals Circuitry of Parkinson’s Disease Tremors

If a piece of electronics isn’t working, troubleshooting the problem often involves probing the flow of electricity through the various components of the circuit to locate any faulty parts. Stanford bioengineer and neuroscientist Jin Hyung Lee, who studies Parkinson’s disease, has adapted that idea to diseases of the brain, creating a new way to turn on specific types of neurons in order to observe how this affects the whole brain.

Read more – Stanford News

Ed Boyton: A New Way to Study the Brain’s Invisible Secrets

Watch the video from TedSummit, filmed June 2016. Read More

IEEE BRAIN Hackathon: Towards Becoming the Cyborg You Always Wanted to Be

January 5, 2017

Listen as reporter, Margot Wohl, follows 16 teams from around the world as they create brain machine interface technologies of the future, during our inaugural IEEE Brain Hackathon event. Read More

Spotting Speedy Brain Activity

by Peter Reuell – December 20, 2016

Spotting Speedy Brain Activity

Using ultra-fast MRI scans, a research team led by Laura Lewis, a junior fellow in the Harvard Society of Fellows, was able to track rapid oscillations in brain activity that before would have gone undetected, a development that could open the door to understanding fast-occurring cognitive processes that once appeared off-limits to scientists.

Read more – Harvard Gazette

Brain and Circuits Take the Focus at BioCAS2016

by Guoxing Wang and Timothy Constandinou – December 16, 2016

Brain-related electronic research has been a hot topic in BioCAS during the past years. With efforts augmented by the large brain research projects funding provided from major economies including the United States, Europe, Japan, and China, it is believed that brain-related research will be accelerated in coming decades. BioCAS2016 acknowledged this trend by arranging the technical programs with a special focus on “connecting the brain with microelectronic circuits,” and tutorials and keynotes were chosen with an emphasis on brain-related research. A first-time post-conference workshop, the Brain Circuits and Systems Workshop (BrainCAS), was dedicated to promoting the exchange of ideas between researchers across very different disciplines.

Read More – IEEE PULSE

2016 IEEE Brain Initiative Budapest Hackathon

November 14, 2016

Mindtech Team competing in the brain hackathon at the SMC BMI Workshop in Budapest, Oct. 2016

Brain’s Support Cells Could Explain Mysterious “Spreading Pain”

by Diana Kwon – November 11, 2016

In people who suffer from pain disorders, painful feelings can severely worsen and spread to other regions of the body. Patients who develop chronic pain after surgery, for example, will often feel it coming from the area surrounding the initial injury and even in some parts of the body far from where it originates. New evidence suggests glia, non-neuronal cells in the brain, may be the culprits behind this effect.

Read More – Scientific American

Brain Implant Allows Man to Feel Touch on Robotic Hand

by Andrew Silver – October 13, 2016

Brain Implant Allows Man to Feel Touch on Robotic Hand

At the end of Star Wars Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back, Luke Skywalker feels when a needle pricks his newly-installed bionic hand. Researchers report today in the journal Science Translational Medicine that they can do something similar: stimulating regions of a human test subject’s brain with electrodes can recreate the perception of touch in a robotic hand.

Read More – IEEE Spectrum

Mind-Controlled Robo-Skeleton Enables Paraplegics to Regain Some Motion

by Bret Stetka – August 16, 2016

Patients paralyzed by a spinal cord injury can face a grim and grueling recovery process—one in which regaining function is far from a sure thing. But a new study published last week in Scientific Reports may provide some hope to those suffering from paraplegia. Scientific American MIND spoke with neuroprosthetic pioneer, founder of Duke University’s Center for Neuroengineering and lead study author Miguel A. L. Nicolelis about the findings and the field in general.

Read More – Scientific American

Google Brain Notes that AI ‘Humanist Thinking’ Can’t Be Achieved Without Diversity

by Kayleigh Bateman – August 15, 2016

Google Brain is a group at Google that focuses on ‘deep learning’, which involves a deep neutral network to leverage massive amounts of data to solve task. Jeff Dean, Head of Google Brain, fears that because computer labs only staff computer scientists, that a single world view could take shape from this bias. He believes that this could impede the development of news ways of thinking.

Read More – WeAreTheCity

How Hackers Could Get Inside your Head With ‘Brain Malware’

by Victoria Turk – August 3, 2016

The idea of securing our thoughts is a real concern with the introduction of brain-computer interfaces. Researchers at the University of Washington in Seattle say that we need to act fast to implement a privacy and security framework to prevent our brain signals from being used against us before the technology really takes off.

Read More – Motherboard

New “Neural Dust” sensor could be implanted in the body

August 3, 2016

Read More – UC Berkeley News

New Perspectives on Neuroengineering and Neurotechnologies: NSF-DFG Workshop Report

by C. Moritz, P. Ruther, S. Goering, A. Stett, T. Ball, W. Burgard, E. Chudler, and R. Rao – July 2016

Rapid advances in neuroscience, engineering, and computing are opening the door to radically new approaches to treating neurological and mental disorders and understanding brain function. These new approaches are based on the ability to record and stimulate neural activity with increasing precision. This precision is leading to the rapid expansion of neural interfaces, devices that interact with the nervous system to restore or enable sensory and/or motor function. This report focuses on a subset of neural interfaces termed brain–computer interfaces (BCIs) [also known as brain–machine interfaces (BMIs)].

Read More – IEEE Transactions on Biomedical Engineering

Brain-to-Brain Interface—the Next Great Leap in Human Communication

By Philip Perry – June 16, 2016

100,000 viewers recently tuned in to see Mark Zuckerberg and Jerry Seinfeld chew the fat on the first ever Q&A session on Facebook Live. At one point, Zuckerberg reiterated that the future of the internet and consequently humanity, lie in technology that gives us telepathic powers. In his view, we would be able to record our own experiences in real time, and share thoughts and feelings directly with friends and loved ones. He called it the “future of communication.” So how close are we to brain-to-brain interfacing?

Read More – Big Think

The Neuroweapons Threat

By James Giordano – May 31, 2016

Nearly two years ago, Juliano Pinto, a 29-year-old paraplegic man, kicked off the World Cup in Brazil with the help of a brain-interface machine that allowed his thoughts to control a robotic exoskeleton. Yet like most powerful scientific breakthroughs, neurotechnologies that allow brains to control machines—or machines to read or control brains—inevitably bring with them the threat of weaponization and misuse, a threat that existing UN conventions designed to limit biological and chemical weapons do not yet cover and which ethical discussions of these new technologies tend to give short shrift.

Read More – Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists

How are Words Organized in the Brain? Nature Video.

April 27, 2016

Watch the video below, then Learn More at the Gallant Lab at UC Berkeley

Mapping the Brain – Using Cellular Sized Neural Probes and Optics

March 28, 2016

Electrodes are a way to eavesdrop on neural activity and when combined with optogenetics, neural probes can stimulate the mind’s circuitry and gather further insight into the causes of blindness, deafness, Parkinson’s Disease and Alzheimer’s.

Dr. Ted Berger at the Brain Prosthetics Session at SXSW

March 17, 2016

Scientists can make copies of memories. Here’s what that might mean.

Read More – The Next Web

TED Talks: Uri Hasson: This is your brain on communication

February 2016

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Brain-Computer Interface Devices for Patients with Paralysis and Amputation: A Meeting Report

February 29, 2016

On 21 November, 2014, Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) Center for Devices and Radiological Health (CDRH) held an open public workshop with the aim of fostering an open discussion on the scientific and clinical considerations associated with the development of Brain-Computer Interfaces (BCI) devices for patients with paralysis and amputation…

Read More – Journal of Neural Engineering

How Engineers Could Help Unravel the Mysteries of the Brain

By Kathy Pretz – January 22, 2016

In December, I attended the first IEEE Brain Initiative workshop held at Columbia where I learned about current research as well as what IEEE’s societies and councils are doing in this area…

Read More – IEEE-The Institute

Paul Sajda: New IEEE Brain Initiative a No Brainer

November 19, 2015

As massive global efforts across government, academia, and industry deepen their focus on developing neurotechnology, and as these technologies become mature enough to be considered for commercialization and standardization, IEEE’s new Brain Initiative has arrived at a crucial time…

Read More – IEEE Technical Community Spotlight

US Neuroscientists Call for Creation of ‘Brain Observatories’

October 15, 2015

What is the future of the BRAIN Initiative? This national White House Grand Challenge involving more than 100 laboratories in the United States has already made progress in establishing large-scale neuroscience goals and developing shared tools…

Read More – The Kavli Foundation

Brain-Computer Interface Technology and Development: The Emergence of Imprecise Brainwave Headsets in the Commercial World

By Narisa Chu – July 15, 2015

Brain-computer interface (BCI) headsets, which are injecting new break points in games and entertainment, deliver desirable special effects, aiding wellness training and rehabilitation…

Read More – IEEE CES Magazine

How to Control Someone Else’s Arm with Your Brain – TED Talks

By Greg Gage – April 28, 2015