Scientist · Engineer
I also do systems engineering and product development at White Matter, LLC in Seattle, building synchronized, scalable, high-bandwidth electrophysiological and behavioral recording instruments for neuroscience research.
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contact at analogist dot net.
Work · Teaching
I am working on my PhD in neuroengineering. In my research, I try to figure out the principles behind how we are able to effortlessly transform intent into complex movements, with the hope of one day being able to create neural implants that interface with our bodies.
I also develop custom electronics and embedded systems to facilitate low-cost, large-scale neuroscience.
More importantly, I try to understand systems and infrastructure. Technological infrastructure, in particular, is getting increasingly complex by the day; we have no choice but to externalize and take all the layers we are not working on for granted. If you’re using a smartphone, you temporarily ignore the code underneath. When you are coding software, you are still removed from the hardware microarchitecture, let alone the circuit board designers, the supply chains, the silicon foundaries, the coltan miners, and the immense global distribution, transportation, toolmaking, food security, water security, and public works delicately supporting it all. All of which then, in turn, rely on smartphones.
There are underlying patterns to the way we behave within ourselves, with each other, and with the world. These patterns are driven by underlying factors - incentives, rewards, goals, shortcuts, guesses, models, and abstractions. These layers and layers of complex elements appear again and again in circuits and in nervous systems, in computing and in animals, in families and in society.
I have 20+ peer-reviewed articles in movement neuroscience, brain-computer interfaces, brain state prediction, functional neuroimaging, and optoelectronics. Some recent work include:
I think visualization of concepts are particularly important. Some recent work include:
I am passionate about teaching and public outreach. I am a volunteer scientist at the Seattle Pacific Science Center and a lifelong tutor. Some recent work include: