Carnegie Mellon University
March 28, 2019

New Faculty Neuroscience Projects Funded by DSF Block Grants

By Ben Panko

The Mellon College of Science recently announced four projects that will be funded through an innovative block grant program for interdisciplinary basic life science research. The grant program is funded by a generous $4 million gift from the DSF Charitable Foundation. Two of these projects will be led by CMNI faculty members.

Cognitive Processing in Human and Machine Learning

Barbara Shinn-Cunningham, director of the Carnegie Mellon University Neuroscience Institute and professor of psychology, electrical and computer engineering and biomedical engineering, and Lori Holt, professor of psychology, will organize a workshop to create an inclusive community focused on human cognitive auditory neuroscience. The Pittsburgh Cognitive Auditory Neuroscience Workshop will use brainstorming and problem-solving exercises along with planning sessions and the advisement of senior experts to chart future areas of research for the field and help create the collaborative networks necessary to grapple with those areas. Participants will also help produce an outreach module for middle- and high-school students about the "Science of Sound."

Next-generation High-density Digital Neural Interfaces Based on Scalable CMOS Technology for High-resolution Recording

Eric Yttri, assistant professor of biological sciences, Maysam Chamanzar, assistant professor of electrical and computer engineering, and Lawrence Pileggi, professor of electrical and computer engineering, will design and test high-density, flexible neural probes that can record and digitize neural signals from the central nervous system. Using complementary metal–oxide–semiconductor technology and microelectromechanical systems fabrication, these probes will enable multi-scale, high-throughput and distributed neural recordings that can help researchers understand how the brain works in health, and how the brain doesn’t work right in people with neurological disorders. Read more