Brain-computer interfaces for basic science

On Friday, September 13, 2019, the CRCHUM Conferences will host Byron Yu, professor in the Electrical and computer engineering and assistant professor in the Biomedical engineering at the Carnegie Mellon University.


Brain-computer interfaces (BCI) translate neural activity into movements of a computer cursor or robotic limb.  BCIs are known for their ability to assist paralyzed patients.  A lesser known, but increasingly important, use of BCIs is their ability to further our basic scientific understanding of brain function.  In particular, BCIs are providing insights into the neural mechanisms underlying sensorimotor control that are currently difficult to obtain using limb movements.  In this talk, I will demonstrate how a BCI can be leveraged to study how the brain learns. Specifically, I will address why learning some tasks is easier than others, as well as how populations of neurons change their activity in concert during learning.

This conference will be presented in English.

Friday, September 13 at noon
Auditorium of the CRCHUM , R05.210 and R05.220
900 Saint-Denis Street, 5th floor 
Montreal (Quebec), H2X 0A9

Byron Yu, Ph.D.
Professor, Electrical and Computer Engineering,
Assistant Professor, Biomedical Engineering, Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh

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The CRCHUM Conferences are free weekly meetings featuring renowned scientific speakers from various disciplines. These conferences are accredited by the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada as continuing professional development activities. 

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