From flexible materials to cell-scale recording: emerging frontiers in neural interface technology

This full-day workshop will review recent work related to the emergence of new neural interface technologies and strategies that exploit flexible materials and extreme miniaturization to create cellular-scale technologies. Top experts will speak on these topics and participate in panel discussions to explore both the progress of neural interface technologies and the outstanding technical challenges.


John Viventi

Viventi headshotJonathan Viventi is an Assistant Professor of Biomedical Engineering at Duke University. Dr. Viventi earned his Ph.D. in Bioengineering from the University of Pennsylvania and his M.Eng. and B.S.E. degrees in Electrical Engineering from Princeton University. Dr. Viventi’s research applies innovations in flexible electronics, low power analog circuits, and machine learning to create new technology for interfacing with the brain at a much finer scale and with broader coverage than previously possible. He creates new tools for neuroscience research and technology to diagnose and treat neurological disorders, such as epilepsy. Using these tools, he collaborates with neuroscientists and clinicians to explore the fundamental properties of brain networks in both health and disease. His research program works closely with industry, including filing six patents and several licensing agreements. His work has been featured as cover articles in Science Translational Medicine and Nature Materials, and has also appeared in Nature Neuroscience, the Journal of Neurophysiology, and Brain. For these achievements, Dr. Viventi was selected to the 2014 MIT Technology Review “Top 35 Innovators Under 35” list, the 2014 Popular Science “Brilliant 10” list and an NSF CAREER Award.

Ellis Meng

Ellis Meng pictureEllis Meng is Professor of biomedical and electrical engineering in the Viterbi School of Engineering at the University of Southern California where she has been since 2004. She was previously Dwight C. and Hildagarde E. Baum Chair of the Department of Biomedical Engineering from 2015-2018 and is an inaugural holder of a Gabilan Distinguished Professorship in Science and Engineering. Her research interests include biomedical microelectromechanical systems (bioMEMS), implantable biomedical microdevices, microfluidics, multimodality integrated microsystems, microsensors and actuators, biocompatible polymer microfabrication, and packaging. She is a fellow of IEEE, ASME, BMES, AIMBE, and NAI.

Jacob Robinson

Jacob Robinson is an Assistant Professor in Electrical & Computer Engineering and Bioengineering at Rice University and an Adjunct Assistant Professor in Neuroscience at Baylor College of Medicine. Dr. Robinson earned a B.S. in Physics from UCLA and Ph. D. in Applied Physics from Cornell. Following his Ph. D., he worked as a postdoctoral fellow in the Chemistry Department at Harvard University. Dr. Robinson joined Rice University in 2012 where he currently works on nanoelectronic, nanophotonic, and nanomagnetic technologies to manipulate and measure brain activity. Dr. Robinson is currently a co-chair of the IEEE Brain Initiative, and the recipient of a Hammill Innovation Award, NSF NeuroNex Innovation Award, DARPA Young Faculty Award, and Materials Today Rising Star Award.

Thomas Steiglitz


Shadi Dayeh UC San Diego
Maria Cruz IMTEK, University of Freiburg
Guosong Hung Stanford University
Razi Haque Lawrence Livermore National Lab
Rachel Zoll UC Berkeley
Nick Melosh Stanford University
TK Kozai U Pittsburg
Al Molnar Cornell University
Walter Voit UT Dallas
Jack Judy U Florida
Duygu Kuzum UC San Diego
Flavia Vitale U Pennsylvania
Chris Bettinger Carnegie Mellon University
Stéphanie Lacour École polytechnique fédérale de Lausanne
Wen Li Michigan State University
Laura Poole-Warren University of New South Wales