Affinity Group Summary
BRI joined with the Henry Samueli School
of Engineering and Applied Science (SEAS) to
create the NeuroEngineering Training (NET)
Program. The NET Program is a joint endeavor of the Interdepartmental
Ph.D. Program for Neuroscience and the Biomedical Engineering
Ph.D. Program in SEAS, with the active involvement of
scientists from JPL. This cooperative effort trains students
to work at the interface between engineering and neuroscience.
The program was initially supported by a grant from the National
Science Foundation IGERT
(Integrative Graduate Education and Training) Program; a
training grant submission to NIH is currently being proposed.
The Neuroengineering Affinity Group will provide
students and faculty the opportunity to meet and discuss research projects,
form new collaborations, and invite research presentations from both UCLA
faculty and outside speakers.
The Neuroengineering Affinity Group will promote the objectives of the NET Program:
enable students with a background in biological science
to develop and execute projects that make use of state-of-the-art
technology, including microelectromechanical systems
(MEMS), signal processing, and photonics;
enable students with a background in engineering to
develop and execute projects that address problems that
have a neuroscientific base, including locomotion and
pattern generation, central control of movement, and
the processing of sensory information; and
enable all trainees to develop the capacity for the
multidisciplinary teamwork, in intellectually and socially
diverse settings, that will be necessary for new scientific
insights and dramatic technological progress in the
NET Ph.D. students take a curriculum designed to encourage
cross-fertilization of the two fields. Our goal is for
neuroscientists and engineers to speak each others'
language and move comfortably among the intellectual
domains of the two fields.