CNBC CMU faculty members Barbara Shinn-Cunningham, Lori Holt and Eric Yttri received grants from a gift to the Mellon College of Science from the DSF Charitable Foundation.

Next-generation High-density Digital Neural Interfaces Based on Scalable CMOS Technology for High-resolution Recording

Eric Yttri, assistant professor of biological sciences, Maysam Chamanzar, assistant professor of electrical and computer engineering, and Lawrence Pileggi, professor of electrical and computer engineering, will design and test high-density, flexible neural probes that can record and digitize neural signals from the central nervous system. Using complementary metal oxide–semiconductor technology and microelectromechanical systems fabrication, these probes will enable multi-scale, high-throughput and distributed neural recordings that can help researchers understand how the brain works in health, and how the brain doesn’t work right in people with neurological disorders.

Cognitive Processing in Human and Machine Learning

Barbara Shinn-Cunningham, director of the Carnegie Mellon University Neuroscience Institute and professor of psychology, electrical and computer engineering and biomedical engineering, and Lori Holt, professor of psychology, will organize a workshop to create an inclusive community focused on human cognitive auditory neuroscience. The Pittsburgh Cognitive Auditory Neuroscience Workshop will use brainstorming and problem-solving exercises along with planning sessions and the advisement of senior experts to chart future areas of research for the field and help create the collaborative networks necessary to grapple with those areas. Participants will also help produce an outreach module for middle- and high-school students about the “Science of Sound.”

More about the DSF Foundation grants can be read here: https://www.cmu.edu/mcs/news-events/2017/1015_DSF_Block_Grants.html