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 (firstname.lastname@example.org).
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