Frontiers in Neurotechnology: An Interdisciplinary Effort to Study Brain Functions


  • Datum: 27.01.2021
  • Uhrzeit: 16:00 - 17:00
  • Vortragende(r): Fu Der Chen
  • University of Toronto, MPI Halle
  • Ort: Max-Planck-Institut für Mikrostrukturphysik, Weinberg 2, 06120 Halle (Saale)
  • Raum: Online
  • Gastgeber: IMPRS-STNS
Frontiers in Neurotechnology: An Interdisciplinary Effort to Study Brain Functions


Understanding the working principle of the brain is considered a critical path toward creating general intelligence machines. Besides, the advancement in neuroscience can progress the development of effective treatments for brain diseases, such as Alzheimer‘s Disease and Parkinson‘s Disease, affecting millions of lives. Yet, one fundamental question is, how do we begin to decode the brain, which contains millions to billions of neurons? What signals are important to neural computation? This talk will address these questions from the perspective of neurotechnology development. First, we will introduce a general brain circuit model and the complexity involved in a real brain. We will then walk through a wide range of existing neurotechnologies, covering electrical, optical, magnetic and chemical approaches. We will also provide examples of neuroscience experiments to illustrate their practical values. Last, we will present challenges in the field and the potential research directions that can pave the way to develop the next generation of neurotechnology.


Fu Der Chen received his BASc and MASc degrees in electrical and computer engineering from the University of Toronto in 2017 and 2020, respectively. He is currently a second-year Ph.D. student at the University of Toronto and the Max-Planck Institute of Microstructure Physics. His research focus is to develop implantable optogenetic tools using integrated photonics technology.

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