About Me

James Wu

Scientist  ·  Engineer

I am a neuroscientist and engineer, working on software and electronics at White Matter, LLC to create synchronized, scalable, high-bandwidth recording instruments for neuroscience research.

I have a Ph.D. in bioengineering with a focus on neuroengineering from University of Washington Center for Neurotechnology.

You can reach me through Twitter, or email: contact at analogist dot net. More:


I specialized in work at the intersection of hardware, software, and human neuroscience.

I believe that making our bodies work with neural interfaces requires clear neural computation principles, low-cost sensor systems, and first-class security and usability design.

Grasp neural dynamics

Scientific Research

I have 20+ peer-reviewed articles in movement neuroscience, brain-computer interfaces, brain state prediction, functional neuroimaging, and optoelectronics. Some recent work include:

Direct stimulation of somatosensory cortex results in slower reaction times compared to peripheral touch in humans

Electrocorticographic Dynamics Predict Visually Guided Motor Imagery of Grasp Shaping

Task-Specific Somatosensory Feedback via Cortical Stimulation in Humans

Multistep model for predicting upper-limb 3D isometric force application from pre-movement electrocorticographic features

Pacific Science Center

Teaching and Outreach

I think visualization of concepts are particularly important. Some recent work include:

Interactive web application for exploring matrices of neural connectivity ( Affinity )

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:

Work featured: Signal Processing Powers Next-Generation Prosthetics - IEEE Signal Processing

Smithsonian Magazine: Melding Mind and Machine: How Close Are We?

Education-Arm: Inverse kinematics closed-loop robotics arm

Education-Timer: Audio/Visual reaction timer