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Brain Computer Interfacing at Clarkson University Science Cafe

Brain computer interfacing will be discussed by Clarkson University Electrical & Computer Engineering Professor Charlie Robinson at the Science Café on Tuesday, September 18, at 7:15 p.m. in the Park View Common Room, above the Blackbird Café, 107 Main St. in Canton, N.Y.; and on Wednesday, September 26, at 7:15 p.m. in the Potsdam Civic Center Community Room in Potsdam, N.Y.

Clarkson University Electrical & Computer Engineering Professor Charlie RobinsonThe ability to control one’s surroundings and to communicate by thought alone is a classic staple of science fiction stories. Yet, today’s neural engineering researchers are developing ways to provide totally paralyzed patients the ability to do just that, albeit in a crude and slow fashion.

Join Robinson as he reviews the history, present state and future potential of brain computer interfaces. In his own words, “Those who are mute can now speak, and those who are paralyzed can now walk and grasp, both by thought control. But the current extent of functional recovery still pales in comparison to our normal marvelously engineered nervous system.”

Science Cafes bring together engineers, scientists and townspeople in a relaxed, informal setting, such as coffeehouses and pubs. The speaker makes a short presentation about a topic in his or her field, and then opens up the floor to discussion.

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Clarkson University launches leaders into the global economy. One in five alumni already leads as a CEO, VP or equivalent senior executive of a company. Located just outside the Adirondack Park in Potsdam, N.Y., Clarkson is a nationally recognized research university for undergraduates with select graduate programs in signature areas of academic excellence directed toward the world’s pressing issues. Through 50 rigorous programs of study in engineering, business, arts, sciences and health sciences, the entire learning-living community spans boundaries across disciplines, nations and cultures to build powers of observation, challenge the status quo, and connect discovery and engineering innovation with enterprise.

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