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Waterloo International Workshop on Neural Engineering and Rehabilitation
Date : 7 - 10 Jul 2021
Venue : Online via Webex

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Neural engineering is an emerging interdisciplinary technology that integrates neuroscience into engineering and encompasses experimental, computational, theoretical, clinical and applied aspects of research. The key interests of neural engineering are understanding, interfacing and manipulating the nervous system, which controls our movements. The analysis of the neural activity helps us understand how the information is processed in our brain and transferred to the nervous system to control our body. The interpretation of the neural activity provides the possibility to interface between the nervous system and artificial entities, which can decode the neural signals and modulate neural activity through external stimuli. The modelling of neural activities and interactions of neural circuities between external stimuli and connected neural circuitries provides theoretical principles of constructing artificial neural systems. With the rapidly aging societies across the world, the need for rehabilitation services significantly increases. The advancement of neural engineering technology would benefit the development of efficient, quantitative and automated rehabilitation methods to release the demands for long-term medical treatment and healthcare and reduce the workload of rehabilitation professionals.

This workshop invites world-renowned keynote speakers and upcoming researchers from North America, Europe, and Asia. The aim is to discuss the state-of-the-art in neural engineering and its applications in rehabilitation, fostering new international collaborations that would lead to collaborative research projects and initiatives and impulses the development of the neural engineering technology and rehabilitation. The workshop also has an international impact in both experimental and modeling aspects, as reflected by the expertise of the invited. The first workshop was successfully at HKUST during June 3-4, 2019. This event is a continuation of the IAS-supported workshop in 2019.


(Updated as of May 27, 2021)

Dario FARINA (Chair)
  Imperial College London
Ning JIANG (Co-chair)
  University of Waterloo
Yiwen WANG (Co-chair)   HKUST

Keynote Speakers

(Updated as of May 27, 2021)

Cuntai GUAN   Nanyang Technological University
John MCPHEE   University of Waterloo
Silvestro MICERA   Ecole Polytechnique Federale de Lausanne
Katja MOMBAUR   University of Waterloo
Chrystopher NEHANIV   University of Waterloo
Jose PRINCIPE   University of Florida
Nitish THAKOR   Johns Hopkins University



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HKUST Jockey Club Institute for Advanced Study
Enquiries: ias@ust.hk / 2358 5912