Neurotechnology encompasses research to create machines to restore lost brain function and computational and engineering efforts to create machines that replicate higher brain functions.
- Creating neurotechnology to treat and diagnose disorders and replace lost function. The interdisciplinary BrainGate project has developed novel brain-machine interfaces and implemented the technology in groundbreaking pilot human clinical trials. Brown neuroengineers are leading advances in new devices to serve as replacements for brain structures damaged by disease or injury. A current DARPA funded project seek to use neurotechnology to help an injured brain recover.
- ‘Smart Machines’. Neurotechnology research also aims to mimic the brain’s functions in order to create ‘smart’ machines that can think, understand and see as humans do, feats that no machine can now accomplish. Strengths in computational vision have already resulted in the development of an automated system to analyze animal behavior, technology that is the foundation of a Behavioral Analysis Core Facility.