Brain-Computer Interface Pioneer to Speak at Next Distinguished Maury Strauss Public Lecture | VTX

For most of us, drones and robots controlled by brain power sound like science fiction. But for Bin He, an administrator professor of biomedical engineering and neuroscience at Carnegie Mellon University, this phenomenon has become a reality.

He and his team are refining an approach called noninvasive brain-computer interface (BCI), which uses brain imaging and machine learning to interpret human intent in the brain and program robotic systems.

“The impact of this work is twofold,” said He, who is also a fellow of the International Academy of Medical and Biological Engineering. “The first is a direct application to patients who are paralyzed or have impaired motor function. We also think it could help the general population in terms of multitasking and controlling the environment around you.”

He will discuss the importance of this groundbreaking work in a public lecture titled “Dynamic Brain Mapping and Brain-Computer Interface” at 5:30 p.m. on Thursday, May 5. The presentation is free and open to the public at 2 Riverside Circle in Roanoke. Refreshments will be available at a reception at 5 p.m.

“Dr. His transformative work in neuroengineering, focusing on functional neuroimaging and neural interfaces, is revolutionizing how we perceive the human brain and its relationship to our physical mechanical environment and assistive technologies,” said Michael Friedlander, executive director of the Fralin Biomedical Research Institute and Virginia Tech’s vice president for health science and technology.

In addition to his work on brain-computer interfaces, he is actively developing non-invasive brain imaging technology to study motor and visual systems and aid in the detection, diagnosis and management of various brain disorders.

His talk is the last in the Maury Strauss Distinguished Public Lecture Series, hosted by the Fralin Biomedical Research Institute at VTC in Roanoke. The series is named after Maury Strauss, a Roanoke businessman and biomedical research enthusiast who recognized the importance of bringing top scientists to speak to the public in Roanoke.

Prior to his time at Carnegie Mellon University, he served as director of the University of Minnesota’s Institute of Engineering in Medicine.

He has received prestigious awards, including the William J Morlock Award from the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society (EMBS), the IEEE Biomedical Engineering Award, the Academic Career Achievement Award, and the Distinguished Service IEEE Award. EMBS, the Established Investigator Award from the American Heart Association and the CAREER Award from the National Science Foundation.

He is an elected member of the International Academy of Medical and Biological Engineering (IAMBE), the American Institute of Medical and Biological Engineering (AIMBE), the Biomedical Engineering Society (BMES) and the IEEE.

He received a bachelor’s degree from Zhejiang University in China, a medical degree from Tokyo Institute of Technology in Japan, and completed postgraduate training at Tokyo Institute of Technology in Japan.

In addition to the in-person event, people can watch He’s lecture via Zoom or live webcast on the Fralin Biomedical Research Institute website.