With rapid advances in research that aim to decode human intelligence, new ventures have been taken on to reverse-engineer the human brain. Currently, computer algorithms draw inspirations from the neural implementations to teach machine to think like us. Brain computer interface (BCI) has made it possible for paralyzed patients to move a cursor on the screen or a robotic arm with their mind. As we understand more about how the brain is wired for us to move, learn, and think, where will the future of brain technologies take us? We believe Pittsburgh is one of the best places to get such insights, with interdisciplinary collaboration among brain researchers, computer scientists, and clinicians, both locally and internationally. The time we can hack the brain is around the corner. Whether it is leveraging brain power or informing machine intelligence, we ask scientists and entrepreneurs the challenges and opportunities of harnessing the knowledge of the human brain.


Panel Subtopics

  • Neural computation: teaching machine human intelligence
  • Brain computer interface: interacting with the brain
  • Neural prosthetics: clinical translation and potential
  • Commercializing brain tech: possibilities for the mass market

Guest Speakers


Tai Sing Lee

  • Professor in the Computer Science Department, Center for the Neural Basis of Cognition, and Machine Learning Department, Carnegie Mellon University
  • Adjunct professor of the Department of Neuroscience, University of Pittsburgh.
  • Director of Lee Laboratory for Biological and Machine Intelligence Research at CMU
  • Director of Intercollege Undergraduate Minor in Neural Computation, Carnegie Mellon University

Andrew Schwartz

  • Distinguished Professor of Neurobiology in University of Pittsburgh
  • Chair in Systems Neuroscience
  • Adjunct Professor of Robotics Institute at Carnegie Mellon University

Byron Yu

  • Associate Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering and Biomedical Engineering, Carnegie Mellon University

Max Newlon

  • Research Scientist, BrainCo
  • Human Development and Psychology, EdM, HarvardGraduate School of Education