This conference will bring
together leading researchers throughout the country for a focus on one
of the newest frontiers of neuroscientific and bioengineering research:
the intracranial implantation of computer chip models of brain function
as neural prosthetics to replace damaged or dysfunctional brain tissue.
In considering the development of "replacement parts for the brain", speakers
will address recent advances in (i) biologically realistic mathematical
models of brain or spinal cord function, (ii) silicon- and/or photonics-based
computational devices which incorporate those models, and (ii) "neuron-silicon
interface" devices, i.e., micron-scale multi-site electrode arrays to provide
bi-directional communication between the computational element and functioning
neuronal tissue. The conference is intended to synergize interdisciplinary
research in the neural, engineering, and biomedical sciences.