NEURAL ENGINEERING RESEARCH
Also known as Neuroengineering
As the UW Institute for Neuroengineering describes, "Neuroengineering is the confluence of neuroscience, device development, computation, and mathematics, and is one of the most exciting new ventures in science and technology today." This encompasses a multitude of work being done today to gain understanding and apply principles of the nervous system, including the brain.
One example of such work is the development of tools for neuro-rehabilitation and devices for individuals with conditions such as spinal cord injury or stroke. Systems that allow such individuals to control some aspect of a computer (i.e., a cursor) or other external device (e.g., prosthetic limb) using just their brain signals are called Brain-Computer Interfaces (BCIs).
I aim to improve Brain-Computer Interfaces and discover a little bit more about the huge mystery before us, the human brain.
Definitions for some common jargon
Short for "Brain-Computer Interface". Refers to any system where brain signals are decoded and used to control the output of some device.
Short for "Electrocorticography". This is the method by which we record brain signals in the GRIDlab. ECoG consists of a grid or strip of electrodes placed directly on top of the surface of the brain.
Short for "Error-related Potential". These are changes in brain signals we see whenever the person being recorded makes a mistake or witnesses one.