University of Oxford
Saed Khawaldeh is a researcher of Neuroscience, Neurotechnology and Biomedical Engineering. His areas of interest include developing neurotechnological applications through integrating neuroimaging techniques, brain stimulation methods, and artificial intelligence. In 2014, Khawaldeh held an internship at MIT Media Lab (U.S.A.). In early 2015, was a research intern at the National Magnetic Resonance Research Center of Turkey and a teaching assistant at Bilkent University (Turkey). Afterwards, he worked as a research and teaching assistant at Istanbul Sehir and Bogazici Universities (Turkey). In summer 2016, he was a research intern at MPI for Biological Cybernetics (Germany). In Sep 2016, he worked on a research project at the French national centre for scientific research. He was a research intern at NASA medical Informatics (USA) and a research assistant at Aalto University (Finland). In January 2018, Khawaldeh joined the Nuffield Department of Clinical Neurosciences at the University of Oxford, where he is currently pursuing his PhD studies between the Medical Research Council for Brain Network Dynamics and the Oxford Center for Human Brain Activity focusing on innovating the deep brain stimulation system mainly for Parkinson disorder patients.
Neurotechnology is defined as the assembly of techniques and devices that enable a direct connection of technical instruments with the nervous system. These technical instruments are sensors, computers, or intelligent prostheses. They are meant to either record signals from brain and translate them into control commands, or to manipulate brain activity by applying electrical, magnetic, or optical stimuli.
Advances in this field can revolutionize the treatment of brain disorders and allow humanity to deliver some of the most sought-after breakthroughs in neuroscience (e.g. effective treatment for Alzheimer’s disease, artificial neuroprosthetic for disable people, or brain reading method to communicate with those in locked-in syndrome).
In this talk, I will introduce the principles which neurotechnology field relies on. Afterwards, I will present the different equipment and methods which are used in neurotechnological systems. Then, I will talk about the trends and recent advances in neurotechnology. Finally, I will conclude with showing few neurotechnology applications which are available now in the market.