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Neural adaptations to a brain-machine interface: NCD Seminar

Seminar: Net/Comm/DSP | October 8 | 2:30-3:30 p.m. | Cory Hall, 521 (Hogan Room)

Jose Carmena, EECS UC Berkeley


The advent of multi-electrode recordings and brain-machine interfaces
(BMIs) has provided a powerful tool for the development of neuroprosthetic
systems for people with sensory and motor disabilities. BMIs are powerful
tools that use brain-derived signals to control artificial devices such as
computer cursors and robots. By recording the electrical activity of
hundreds of neurons from multiple cortical areas in subjects performing
motor tasks we can study the spatio-temporal patterns of neural activity
and quantify the neurophysiological changes occurring in cortical
networks, both in manual and brain control modes of operation. In this
talk I will present exciting results from our lab showing that the brain
can consolidate prosthetic motor skill in a way that resembles that of
natural motor learning. This will be followed by discussion on BMI systems
design with the goal of developing neuroprosthetic devices for the