T32 Integrative Training in Neural Interfacing
The goal of CMU Neural Interfacing Training Program is aimed at enhancing significantly the depth and breadth of interdisciplinary education and training of the next generation of scientific and technical leaders in this important, emerging field. The training program is motivated by the notion that future breakthroughs in neural interfacing research will be made by engineers who innovate neural interfacing technologies with a deep understanding of the fundamental issues and principles of brain science, and who have had hands-on experience in the application of neural interfacing technology in a real-world biological setting, aiming at ultimate clinical applications.
The program will train doctoral students with quantitative engineering backgrounds to:
- Develop the technological and theoretical foundations to understand brain function and dysfunction through neural interfacing.
- Advance our understanding of brain function in the domains of learning, motor control, perception and cognition, and determine and quantify the adaptive changes of the brain that occur in a novel environment, when interacting with a machine, or when in an altered, diseased state.
- Innovate brain sensing, modeling, decoding, and modulation technologies, based both on quantifiable behavioral or perceptual outcomes and on the adaptive changes occurring in the brain during a neural intervention.