Kavli BRAIN Coffee Hour

The CNT hosts a coffee hour on a monthly basis, with the aim of bringing researchers from different backgrounds and areas of expertise together to share their work and enhance interdisciplinary collaborations.

These seminars, held at the University of Washington, are supported by a generous donation from The Kavli Foundation, which is dedicated to the goals of advancing science for the benefit of humanity and promoting increased public understanding and support for scientists and their work.

CNT researchers hail from departments encompassing Biology, Computer Science & Engineering, Electrical Engineering, Neurosurgery, Philosophy, Physiology and Behavior, Bioengineering, Rehabilitation Medicine, and Mechanical Engineering.

Speakers at the Kavli BRAIN Coffee Hour include:

  • Dr. Krishna Shenoy, Professor, Electrical Engineering, Bioengineering and Neurobiology at Stanford University and Investigator, Howard Hughes Medical Institute - October 2016
  • Dr. Mehrdad Jazayeri, Assistant Professor, Department of Brain and Cognitive Sciences, Massachusetts Institute of Technology - October 2016
  • Dr. Francisco Valero-Cuevas, Director, Brain-Body Dynamics Laboratory, Professor of Biomedical Engineering, Professor of Biokinesiology and Physical Therapy, Professor of Computer Science & Aerospace and Mechanical Engineering, University of Southern California - June 2016 
  • Alik Widge, Massachusetts General Hospital/Harvard Medical School/Picower Institute for Learning & Memory (MIT), "Closing the Loop for Psychiatric Deep Brain Stimulation" - November 2015
  • Nick Donaldson, University College London, "The Protection of Implanted Electronics" - October 2015
  • Jagannathan Sankar, North Carolina A&T State University, "Revolutionizing Metallic Biomaterials for Biodegradable Implants — A Global Status" - July 2015
  • Vladimir Litvak, University College London, "Oscillatory Cortico-Subcortical Networks: Insight from Combined MEG, Intracranial Recordings and Deep Brain Stimulation" - June 2015
  • David Borton, Brown University School of Engineering and Brown Institute for Brain Science, "Rewiring the Nervous System without Wires" - June 2015
  • Jonathan Wolpaw, Wadsworth Center, New York State Department of Health, "Neurotechnologies: Rhythms, Reflexes and Rehabilitation" - April 2015
  • Philip Sabes, UC Berkeley/UC San Francisco Center for Neural Engineering and Prostheses, "A Learning-Based Approach to Artificial Proprioception" - February 2015
  • Amy Orsborn, Center for Neural Science, New York University, "Designing Brain-Machine Interfaces in Closed-Loop" - January 2015
  • Visvesh Sathe, UW Dept. of Electrical Engineering, "A Scalable and Efficient Integrated Neural Signal Recording & Processing System for Bi-Directional Brain-Computer Interface Applications" - December 2014
  • Matt Reynolds, UW Depts. of Electrical Engineering, Computer Science & Engineering, "Communication and Power for High Data Rate Implanted Systems" - November 2014
  • Katherine Steele, UW Department of Mechanical Engineering, "Synergies & Simulation: Exploring Neuromuscular Control in Individuals with Neurological Disorders" - October 2014
  • Srinivas Sridhar, NSF IGERT Nanomedicine Science and Technology  Program, Northeastern University, Boston, "Electric Field Encephalography and Nanoparticle Brain Imaging" - September 2014
  • Reinhold Scherer, Institute for Knowledge Discovery, Graz University of Technology, Austria, "Non-Invasive Brain-Computer Interfaces" - August 2014
  • Hamish Meffin, Dept. of Electrical and Electronic Engineering at The University of Melbourne and Bionic Vision Australia, "Retinal Implants: Patient Results, Future Directions" - August 2014
  • Thomas J. Richner, UW Department of Physiology and Biophysics, "Optogenetic & Multiple Unit Investigation of Micro-Electrocorticography" - July 2014
  • Jason H. Ko, Division of Plastic Surgery, UW Dept. of Orthopaedics & Sports Medicine, "Targeted Muscle Reinnervation as a Treatment for Neuromas: From Bedside to Bench, and Back to Bedside" - June 2014
  • William Ledoux, Glenn Klute, Eric Rombokas and Patrick Aubin, VA Center of Excellence for Limb Loss Prevention and Prosthetic Engineering - May 2014
  • Adrian KC Lee, UW Speech & Hearing Sciences, "Towards Incorporating User's Intent in a Next-Generation Hearing Aid Design" - April 2014
  • William Shain, UW Neurological Surgery & Seattle Children's Research Institute, "What is Needed to Enable Chronic, High Performance Recordings with Implantable Neuroprosthetics?" - March 2014
  • Emo Todorov, UW Applied Mathematics, Computer Science & Engineering, "Synthesis of Complex Motor Behaviors with Optimal Control" - February 2014
  • Steve Perlmutter, UW Dept. of Physiology & Biophysics, "Activity-Dependent Electrical Stimulation of the CSN to Produce Neural Plasticity and Recovery After Damage" - January 2014
  • Bingni Bruton and Eric Rombokas, UW Dept. of Biology, "Sparse Decision-Making" and "Multi-Modal Human-Computer Interaction" - December 2013
  • Rajesh Rao, UW Computer Science & Engineering, "Adaptation and Co-Adaptation in Brain-Computer Interfacing" - November 2013

Video from some of the seminars is posted on the CNT’s YouTube channel.