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NSF sponsors $18.5 million effort to create mind-machine interface
Date:7/14/2011

esting development is literally where the silicon meets the collagen," said Daniel, the center's deputy director and a UW biology professor. "It remains an open challenge, one of the current problems in neural engineering."

The other deputy directors are Kee Moon at SDSU and Joel Voldman at MIT.

All three schools will offer two new undergraduate courses, two new graduate courses and a graduate certificate program in neural engineering. The UW also will offer an interdisciplinary dual undergraduate degree in neuroscience and engineering, and an undergraduate minor in neural engineering.

As with all NSF-funded engineering research centers, this one has a mission to integrate research with education and community outreach. The center will work with school districts in Seattle and San Diego to develop neural robotics curriculum for middle school and high school students. It also will reach out to women, underrepresented minorities and people with disabilities.

"We're excited to be building a pathway, starting from about middle school, for students to be exposed to research and to this topic," Matsuoka said.


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