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Professor John A. Rogers

rogers_john140614-045Professor John A. Rogers obtained BA and BS degrees in chemistry and in physics from the University of Texas, Austin, in 1989.  From MIT, he received SM degrees in physics and in chemistry in 1992 and the PhD degree in physical chemistry in 1995.  From 1995 to 1997, Rogers was a Junior Fellow in the Harvard University Society of Fellows.  He joined Bell Laboratories as a Member of Technical Staff in the Condensed Matter Physics Research Department in 1997, and served as Director of this department from the end of 2000 to 2002.  He is currently Swanlund Chair Professor at University of Illinois at Urbana/Champaign, with a primary appointment in the Department of Materials Science and Engineering, and joint appointments in several other departments, including Chemistry.  He is Director of the Seitz Materials Research Laboratory.

Rogers’ research includes fundamental and applied aspects of materials for unusual electronic and photonic devices, with an emphasis on bio-integrated and bio-inspired systems.  He has published more than 450 papers and is inventor on over 80 patents, more than 50 of which are licensed or in active use.  Rogers is a Fellow of the IEEE, APS, MRS and AAAS, and he is a member of the National Academy of Engineering and the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.  His research has been recognized with many awards, including a MacArthur Fellowship in 2009, the Lemelson-MIT Prize in 2011, the MRS Mid-Career Researcher Award, the ASME Robert Henry Thurston Award and the Smithsonian Award for Ingenuity in the Physical Sciences, all in 2013.

Professor Karlheinz Meier

Karlheinz MeierProfessor (Chair) Experimental Physics
Department of Physics and Astronomy

Research interests

Physics instrumentation, physical foundations of information processing, physical models of neural circuits.Overview of publications and citations at Google Scholar or INSPIRE. Publikations related to Neuromorphic Computing.

Short biography

since 2011 : Co-Director of the EU HBP FET Flagship Project – since 2011 : Invited professor at EPFL(Lausanne, Switzerland) –since 2010 : Coordinator of the EU BrainScaleConsortium – 2009-2013 : Coordinator of the Marie-Curie Network FACETS-ITN  – 2009-2013 : Member of the Board of the German Physical Society – 2007-2009 : President of ECFA and European delegate of ICFA – 2005-2010 : Coordinator of the EU FACETS Consortium – 2000 : Award for Excellence in Teaching from the State of Baden-Württemberg – 1999 : Founding Director of the Kirchhoff Institut für Physik – 1994-2012 : Project leader of the LHC-ATLAS Trigger PreProcessor – 1994 : Founding Director of the Laboratory for Microelectronics Heidelberg – since 1992 : Chair Experimental Physics, Ruprecht-Karls-Universität Heidelberg – 1990-1992 : Scientific Staff (tenure) at DESY (Hamburg) – 1988-1990 : Scientific Staff at CERN (Geneva, Switzerland) – 1984-1988 : Research Fellow at CERN (Geneva, Switzerland) – 1984 : Ph.D. in Physics from Hamburg University – 1981 : Diploma in Physics from Hamburg University.

Professor Hugues Duffau

Hugues DuffauHugues DUFFAU (MD, PhD) is Professor and Chairman of the Neurosurgery Department in the Montpellier University Medical Hospital and Head of the INSERM 1051 Team “Plasticity of the central nervous system, human stem cells and glial tumors” at the Institute for Neurosciences of Montpellier (France). He is the world leader in the wide-awake cognitive neurosurgery of slow-growing brain tumors, a routine which he has developed since twenty years. During this type of surgery, the patient is awake and collaborates actively with the neurosurgeon, while a direct functional mapping of the patient’s brain is systematically performed using electrical stimulation, to prevent resections of critical and eloquent areas. Thus, his approach can be also considered as an alternative brain functional imaging based on awake responses to electrical stimulation of cortex areas and networked structures. His fundamental approach is centered on the concepts of the hodotopic brain and neuroplasticity, breaking with the traditional localizationist view of cerebral processing. For his innovative work in neurosurgery and neurosciences, he was awarded Doctor Honoris Causa several times, and he was the youngest recipient of the prestigious Herbert Olivecrona Award from the Karolinska Institute in Stockholm. He has written four textbooks and over 265 publications in international journals ranging from neurosurgery to fundamental neurosciences, including cognitive sciences and brain plasticity for a total of more than 13,000 citations. He is Ad-hoc reviewer for 82 journals including: New England Journal of Medicine, Lancet Oncology, Nature Medicine, Nature Reviews Neuroscience, Nature Reviews Neurology; Annals of Neurology, Brain, Cerebral Cortex, Trends in Cognitive Science, Current Biology, etc. He is also very stimulating for the many collaborators he has and is always supportive to younger ones.


Pr Warren M. Grill

Warren M. Grill
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