Thursday, September 9, 2021
11:00 am - 12:00 pm
About the Event
In this talk, Jose “Pepe” Contreras-Vidal will review an integrated approach to socially robust science and engineering. The approach entails a team and open science approach that brings together artists, designers, law and medical professionals, and the public (citizen science) to understand the brain “in action and in context” while developing new tools for discovery and innovative interventions to reduce disability. He will review some of these ongoing efforts and the expected impact of these activities.
About the Speaker
Jose ‘Pepe’ Contreras-Vidal, Ph.D. (Fellow IEEE) is a Cullen Distinguished Professor and director of the NSF Research Center for Building Reliable Advances and Innovations in Neurotechnology (IUCRC BRAIN) at the University of Houston. He pioneered noninvasive brain-machine interfaces to exoskeletons and prosthetics to restore motor function in individuals with disabilities.
His work at the nexus of art and science is opening new windows to study the neural basis of human creativity in children and adults while informing neural interfaces. His research has appeared in The Economist, Nature, Der Spiegel, and the Wall Street Journal, among other magazines and journals.