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Electrical Engineering 84, Section 1
Engineering for the Brain: Mind Meets Matter (1 unit, P/NP)
Professor Chunlei Liu
Tuesday and Thursday 2:00-3:00, 299 Cory Hall, Class number: 42852

First half of the semester.

Advances of neural engineering, both physical and biological, are rapidly changing the way we see and interact with our brain. Modern imaging allows us to observe our brain in action noninvasively; brain stimulation allows us to modulate neuronal activities and behaviors; genetic editing allows us to modify the basic building blocks of the brain. While these technologies have brought enormous medical benefits and are improving our knowledge of the inner workings of the brain, they also raise many profound questions. The course will introduce modern neural engineering methods in a non-technical way. We will discuss their medical and scientific impact and their legal, ethical and societal implications. The course is open to all majors. There will be no equations to be solved. Only a curious mind is required.

Dr. Chunlei Liu is an Associate Professor in the Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Sciences, and the Helen Wills Neuroscience Institute. He received his PhD from Stanford University. Before joining UC Berkeley, he was an Associate Professor of Radiology and Biomedical Engineering at Duke University. He currently researches in brain imaging and modulation.

Quotes from Fall 2016 seminar:

It was a very enjoyable class, even without background knowledge.

I would want students to know that the course is very good at sparking interests, and that they should try to learn more outside of the seminar.

It is an amazing journey that will introduce you to movies, concepts, science, and modern research. The professor is knowledgeable and a really cool guy!
Freshman and Sophomore Seminars are co-sponsored by the Undergraduate Division
of the College of Letters & Science and the Vice Provost for Undergraduate Education.
For further information about the program,
contact Alix Schwartz (alix@berkeley.edu / 642-8378).

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