James Wu

I am a neuroengineering researcher with Gridlab at the Center for Sensorimotor Neural Engineering at the University of Washington in Seattle, Washington, USA.

You can reach me by email: contact [at], or through Twitter and Github. You can also find a copy of my resumé.

Current Research

I am working on my PhD in neuroengineering. 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 both reality and virtual reality.

Grasp neural dynamics

More importantly, I try to understand systems. 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.

Work and Teaching

Pacific Science Center

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

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

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: