Berkeley Science Review | May 19th, 2018

Jose M. Carmena

The brain—or as Dr. Jose Carmena calls it, “the ultimate frontier”—has immense capabilities. It regulates our biological processes, initiates our actions, harbors our conscience, and stores the knowledge we use to understand the world. To expand our understanding of this ultimate frontier, UC Berkeley professor and co-director of the Center for Neural Engineering and Prostheses […]

Berkeley Engineer | May 1st, 2016

Life with machine: Robot relationships get real

Berkeley’s renowned programs in artificial intelligence and robotics involve scores of professors in the College of Engineering. Not one of them is typical — as here, where three quite different researchers discuss technologies that are bringing machines and humans into closer relationships. Rikky Muller works at the boundary where sensitive machines and human brains make […]

Berkeley Neuroscience News | July 2, 2015

The future is now: Brains, machines, and everything in between

by Sarah Hillenbrand For most of us, it is easy to recall a time we felt frustrated because a machine failed to do what we asked. Whether Siri misunderstood you, you wrote code that crashed, or you dropped your phone in the toilet, you are probably aware that humans and machines don’t always play nicely […]

Berkeley Neuroscience News | November 22, 2014

The Center for Neural Engineering and Prostheses

By Chris Holdgraf Remember the first time that you used a smartphone? If you’re like many, then it was a bit overwhelming – games, apps, calendars, e-mails, thousands of tools at your fingertips. However, you quickly learned to harness this powerful tool for work, play, socializing, and connecting. In a few short weeks, a terribly […]

Berkeley News | May 27, 2014

CNEP researchers target brain circuitry to treat intractable mental disorders

Neuroscientists, engineers and physicians are teaming up for an ambitious five-year, $26 million project to develop new techniques for tackling mental illness. By using devices implanted in the brain, they aim to target and correct malfunctioning neural circuits in conditions such as clinical depression, addiction and anxiety disorders. The project was announced today (Tuesday, May 27) by […]

Berkeley News | March 4, 2012

Going mental: Study highlights brain’s flexibility, gives hope for natural-feeling neuroprosthetics

Opening the door to the development of thought-controlled prosthetic devices to help people with spinal cord injuries, amputations and other impairments, neuroscientists at the University of California, Berkeley, and the Champalimaud Center for the Unknown in Portugal have demonstrated that the brain is more flexible and trainable than previously thought. Their new study, to be […]

Berkeley News | March 24, 2011

UC Berkeley, UCSF join forces to advance frontier of brain repair

Neuroscientists and engineers at UC Berkeley and UCSF have joined forces to help pioneer a new frontier of brain repair – the development of devices that would allow patients with such conditions as stroke, spinal cord injury, traumatic brain injury and Lou Gehrig’s disease to control prosthetics through thoughts alone. Under the newly launched Center […]