Another university is opening up a BCI lab, University of Washington. It makes sense because it’s near the Allen Institute for Brain Science, among other reasons. Did I mention that Christof Koch, the new Chief Science Officer of the Allen Institute, will be speaking at Singularity Summit?
Here’s an excerpt of the news release:
The National Science Foundation today announced an $18.5 million grant to establish an Engineering Research Center for Sensorimotor Neural Engineering based at the University of Washington.
â€œThe center will work on robotic devices that interact with, assist and understand the nervous system,â€ said director Yoky Matsuoka, a UW associate professor of computer science and engineering. â€œIt will combine advances in robotics, neuroscience, electromechanical devices and computer science to restore or augment the bodyâ€™s ability for sensation and movement.â€
The text is pretty generic boilerplate, it’s just the action that is important. We will likely have to wait a year or more before any interesting breakthroughs from this lab hit the news.