IEEE Brain Talks

Q&A with David Blodgett, Chief Scientist at Johns Hopkins Applied Research Lab

Q&A with David BlodgettDavid Blodgett is Chief Scientist for the Research and Exploratory Development Department at Johns Hopkins Applied Physics Lab. In this interview, David gives us a closer look at what he does as Chief Scientist, how he came to work in remote sensing and advanced imaging, why collaboration and having a diverse team is essential, and what he would say to those interested in pursuing a similar field.
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Q&A with Dr. Timothy Constandinou, Next Generation Neural Interfaces and the Ecosystem

Q&A with Dr. Timothy ConstandinouDr. Timothy Constandinou is a Reader in Neural Microsystems at Imperial College London and also Deputy Director of the Centre for Bio-inspired Technology. He leads the Next Generation Neural Interfaces (NGNI) Lab at Imperial, where his group creates innovative electronic and microsystem technologies to empower next generation tools for neuroscience and medical devices for neural applications. Within the IEEE he serves on several committees and panels, regularly contributing to conference organization, technical activities and governance. He currently serves on the Board of Governors of the IEEE Circuits & Systems Society, is associate editor of IEEE Trans. Biomedical Circuits & Systems (TBioCAS), chairs the IEEE CASS Sensory Systems Technical Committee, and serves on the IEEE Brain Initiative Core Team and IEEE CASS BioCAS Technical Committee. Dr. Constandinou received BEng and PhD degrees in Electronic Engineering from Imperial College London in 2001 and 2005, respectively. 
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Q&A with Dr. Joseph J. Fins, Neuroethics Perspectives from a Doctor

Q&A with Dr. Joseph J. Fins, MD, MACP, FRCPJoseph J. Fins, MD, MACP, FRCP is the E. William Davis, Jr. MD Professor of Medical Ethics, Professor of Medicine and Chief of the Division of Medical Ethics at Weill Cornell Medical College, Co-Director of the Consortium for the Advanced Study of Brain Injury (CASBI), Weill Cornell Medicine and Rockefeller University, and The Solomon Center Distinguished Scholar in Medicine, Bioethics and the Law, Yale Law School. Dr. Fins’ published works include “Rights Come to Mind: Brain Injury, Ethics and the Struggle for Consciousness,” Cambridge University Press, 2015. In this interview, Dr. Fins provides his insights on neuroethics, discussing its challenges and benefits and the important role engineering plays in developing technologies and innovative medical devices while also addressing ethical concerns related to patients.  Read more.

Q&A with Dr. James Giordano, Chair, IEEE Brain Neuroethics Subcommittee

Q&A with Dr. James GiordanoDr. James Giordano chairs the IEEE Brain Neuroethics Subcommittee. Fostering interaction across and beyond IEEE, IEEE Brain spurs cross-disciplinary collaboration and coordination to advance research, standardization and development of technologies in neuroscience to help improve the human condition. Dr. Giordano is a professor of neurology and biochemistry at Georgetown University, and is chief of the Neuroethics Studies Program at the university’s Pellegrino Center for Clinical Bioethics. He is also senior researcher and task leader for the European Union Human Brain Project’s Philosophy and Ethics Sub-Project. Read more.

Q&A with Gerwin Schalk, PhD – Are the Opportunities ECoG Holds for Neuroscience Worth the Cost?

Q&A with Gerwin SchalkGerwin Schalk, Ph.D., Deputy Director of the National Center of Adaptive Neurotechnologies, was an early adopter of electrocorticography (ECoG) for the study of brain function and neurological disorder therapies. He will be a keynote speaker at NeuroCAS, a collaborative workshop to explore the challenges of neurotechnology held 21-22 October in Cleveland, Ohio, directly following BioCAS 2018. IEEE Brain recently spoke with him about the opportunities ECoG presents for both research and clinical applications. Read more.

Q&A with Dr. Jacob Robinson, Co-chair, IEEE Brain

Dr. Jacob Robinson, Co-Chair, IEEE BrainJacob T. Robinson is an Assistant Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering and Bio Engineering at Rice University and an Adjunct Assistant Professor in Neuroscience at Baylor College of Medicine. He is also a co-chair of IEEE Brain, an initiative working to facilitate cross-disciplinary collaboration and coordination to advance research, standardization and development of technologies for neuroscience, to help improve the human condition. Read more.

Q&A with Dr. Jose Carmena, Co-chair, IEEE Brain

Q&A with Jose CarmenaDr. Jose Carmena is a co-chair of IEEE Brain, which facilitates cross-disciplinary collaboration and coordination to advance research, standardization and development of technologies in neuroscience to help improve the human condition. He is Chancellor’s Professor of Electrical Engineering and Neuroscience and Co-Director of the Center for Neural Engineering and Prostheses (CNEP) in the Department of Electrical Engineering & Computer Sciences of the Helen Wills Neuroscience Institute at the University of California, Berkeley.
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Q&A with Dr. Paul Sajda, Co-chair, IEEE Brain

Q&A with Paul SajdaDr. Paul Sajda, a professor of biomedical engineering, electrical engineering and radiology at Columbia University and member of Columbia’s Data Science Institute, is a co-chair of IEEE Brain. He began as an IEEE student member, is an IEEE Fellow and has served as editor-in-chief of IEEE Transactions on Neural Systems and Rehabilitation. Read more.