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RESEARCH

Neural Engineering

The brain is the most complex organ in the human body and is responsible for our every thought, action, memory, feeling and subjective experience. This is achieved by complex interactions between the staggering one hundred billion (in reality closer to 86 billion) neurons found in the human brain. Despite recent advances attempting to explain the puzzling science of the brain, this 1.4 kg jelly-like tissue that defines who we are, still holds crucial mysteries. Our proposed research aims to address some of these mysteries in order to answer more fundamental questions.

Our particular interests are investigating brain mechanisms using machine learning techniques and conversely drawing inspiration from the biological neural mechanisms to develop the next generation artificial intelligence systems. Neuroscientific discoveries have the potential to pioneer novel ways to treat brain diseases, improve quality of life, revolutionize current computing technologies and even lead to profound insights into what makes us human.

For more information contact:

Prof Dawie van den Heever

Head: Biomedical Engineering Research Group
dawie@sun.ac.za
+27 (0) 21 808 4856

Research Areas: Neural Engineering; Biomedical Signal Processing; Medical Devices