X PRIZE and Brain-Computer Interfaces

SPHSC 594 Capturing Brain Dynamics: a Combined Neuroscience and Engineering Approach
** Special Guest Lecture

Invited Speaker: Dr. Erika Wagner

Title: X PRIZE and Brain-Computer Interfaces (BCI)

Abstract:  The era of direct Brain-computer Interfaces (BCI) has begun: deep brain stimulation for Parkinson's and other disorders, various forms of brain activity monitoring, neurologically-controlled robotic arms...  But when do we truly enter the realm of sci-fi and develop the ability to "jack into" our minds with robust BCI for learning, communications, complex control tasks, and superhuman sensory enhancement?

The X PRIZE Foundation is a global leader in leveraging public interest, entrepreneurial spirit and cross-disciplinary innovation to bring about breakthroughs through incentivized competitions. X PRIZE first became known for the successful $10 million Ansari X PRIZE for suborbital spaceflight, which began a revolution in private spaceflight. Could a similar competition transform how we understand and utilize the human brain?

About the speaker: Dr. Erika Wagner, Senior Director for Exploration Prize Development at the X PRIZE Foundation, and faculty at the X PRIZE Lab@UW, will provide an introduction to the X PRIZE model and lead a no-holds barred brainstorm on the future of BCI and its potential to impact our daily lives.

Spots are limited. Please RSVP to Adrian KC Lee (akclee@uw.edu).

Event date: 
Thursday, March 1, 2012 - 3:00pm to 4:00pm
Event location: 
SWS 038 (15th Ave between 41st and 42nd St)