Prof. Mahsa Shoaran

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Mahsa Shoaran, Tenure Track Assistant Professor, Electrical and Micro Engineering, Neuro-X and the Integrated Neurotechnologies Laboratory.
The Future of Intelligent Neural Interfaces: Circuit and AI-Driven Innovations
Monday, Nov. 13, 2023 3:15 – 4:15pm (CET)
Hybrid or on-site INF 328

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Implantable neural prostheses and brain-machine interfaces (BMIs) hold the promise to offer new therapies for brain disorders that may no longer respond to conventional treatments. Despite significant advances in neural interface microsystems over the past decade, the existing clinical-grade technologies do not adequately meet the clinical needs for severe psychiatric illness and other disabling neurological conditions such as epilepsy, paralysis, and Parkinson’s disease. In this talk, I will present an overview of our research on the integration of modern signal processing and machine learning techniques in neural interface System-on-Chips (SoCs) for epilepsy, movement, and mental disorders, and for the next-generation implantable brain-machine interfaces for communication and movement recovery. Our goal is to develop intelligent and highly integrated CMOS-based devices for a wide range of brain disorders in the future.

Mahsa Shoaran is currently a Tenure-Track Assistant Professor in the Institutes of Electrical and Micro Engineering, and Neuro-X at EPFL and Director of the Integrated Neurotechnologies Laboratory. From 2017 to 2019, she was an Assistant Professor of ECE at Cornell University, NY, and a Postdoctoral Fellow at Caltech from 2015 to 2017. She received her PhD from EPFL in 2015 and her B.Sc. and M.Sc. from Sharif University of Technology. Dr. Shoaran is a recipient of the ERC Starting Grant (2021) and the Google AI Faculty Research Award in Machine Learning (2019). She was named a Rising Star in EECS at MIT in 2015. Her research interests include low-power IC design for neural interfaces, machine learning hardware, and neuromodulation therapies for neurological and psychiatric disorders. Dr. Shoaran serves on the Technical Program Committee of the IEEE ISSCC and CICC, and on the ISSCC SRP committee.