UCSB Convergence: Reverse engineering the brain

In UCSB’s College of Engineering, the phrase ‘reverse engineering the brain’ tends to relate to emerging technologies in neural networks and new machine-learning models that function more like the human brain.

(UCSB Convergence Magazine)

Michael Beyeler and the Bionic Vision Lab are featured heavily in the Spring Edition of UCSB’s College of Engineering Convergence Magazine:

“There is research to try to understand the brain—how it works on a mechanistic and algorithmic level—and then there’s applying that to an engineered system that can interface with the brain,” says Michael Beyeler, an assistant professor in Computer Science and Psychological & Brain Sciences, in providing context for his research, which lies in the emerging interdisciplinary field of neuroengineering.

“Brain-computer interfaces can be used both for treating neurological and mental disorders as well as for understanding brain function,” he says. “Eventually, they should also allow us to restore vision to the blind.”

Read the full article here.

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Michael Beyeler
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Michael Beyeler directs the Bionic Vision Lab at UC Santa Barbara, which is developing novel methods and algorithms to interface sight recovery technologies with the human visual system, with the ultimate goal of restoring useful vision to the blind.