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

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.

Instructor Bio

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.


The course is open to all majors. There will be no equations to be solved. Only a curious mind is required.