Gerard G. Elia Career Development Associate Professor, College of Engineering
Byron Yu is a Gerard G. Elia Career Development Associate Professor in the Electrical and Computer Engineering Department as well as the Biomedical Engineering Department at Carnegie Mellon University.
Yu studies how neurons in the brain work together to allow us to sense, to reason and to act. In the last 15 years, advances in neural recording technologies have provided unprecedented views of the brain’s activity at the resolution of individual neurons (neuroscience’s version of "big data"). Yu develops and applies novel machine learning algorithms that reveal how these large populations of neurons work together to give rise to brain function.
He then applies this basic scientific understanding to develop biomedical devices, such as brain computer interfaces, which assist paralyzed patients by translating their thoughts into movements of a computer cursor or robotic arm. This work can also be used to help patients who suffer from stroke or other brain injuries.