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Philip Sabes: Brain-Computer Interfaces
Berkeley City College Auditorium
Berkeley, CA
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Philip Sabes: Brain-Computer Interfaces
The Mathematical Sciences Research Institute and Berkeley City College cordially invite you to attend a lecture by Dr. Philip Sabes, "Brain-Computer Interfaces," which is part of the series Not on the Test: The Pleasures and Uses of Mathematics.  This lecture series is dedicated to engaging the public through speakers on mathematics whose expertise, passion, and ability to explain what they do with math can be understood by all.

Brain-machine interfaces offer the promise of helping disabled patients by allowing them to control prosthetic limbs, computer interfaces, or other devices directly from the neural signals in their brain. Two key challenges remain before these devices will be widely available in the clinic: the development of practical and reliable physical interfaces and the achievement of performance levels nearing those of natural movement control.  The second of these will require not only effective "read-out" of intended movements, but also "write-in" of sensory feedback.  Dr. Philip Sabes will talk about the basic science and recent technical advances in this field, including work from his own laboratory.

Dr. Philip Sabes is Professor of Physiology at the University of California, San Francisco.  He is also the director of the UCSF Swartz Center for Theoretical Neurobiology.  Dr. Sabes' laboratory works toward understanding how the brain controls movement, and in particular the role of sensory information and learning.  His lab is also using this understanding to develop Brain Machine Interfaces to help people with severe sensory and motor loss, such as spinal cord injury.  Dr. Sabes was a Marshall Scholar before earning his PhD in Brain and Cognitive Sciences at MIT.  He was a Sloan Research Fellow and a McKnight Scholar.  He and two members of his lab were awarded the 2013 Annual BCI (Brain Computer Interface) Research Award for their work on the development of artificial somatosensory feedback. He currently holds the Jack D. and DeLoris Lange Endowed Chair in Cell Physiology.

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The generous support of the Simons Foundation has made possible the "Not on the Test" MSRI-BCC lecture series.

Not on the Test: The Pleasures and Uses of Mathematics
9/11/13 - Tony DeRose: "Math in the Movies"
10/9/13 - Keith Devlin: "Video Games for Mathematics"
11/6/13 - Inez Fung: "Verifying Greenhouse Gas Emissions"
2/12/14 - Ge Wang: "Music, Computing, People"
3/12/14 - Eugenie Scott: "Science Denialism"
4/9/14 - Philip Sabes: "Brain-Computer Interfaces"


Berkeley City College Auditorium (View)
2050 Center Street
Berkeley, CA 94704
United States

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