Electro-Optical Brain-Computer Interface Components and Systems

SpeakerPhillip Alvelda
Organization CEO, TaDa Innovations, Inc.
LocationMRC, Room 136
DateMarch 19, 2014 11:40 AM

Abstract:
Dr. Alvelda will present a system architecture for a new non-invasive optical interface that will simultaneously read from, and write to, individual peripheral and cortical (trans-cranially) neurons in real-time, as well as store, interconnect, translate, and share encoded neural information.

The presentation will include critical insights, strategies, and building blocks for the BCI architecture derived from Dr. Alvelda's prior work on interplanetary spacecraft sensors and neural sensing and computation (NASA), electro-optical computing and VLSI MicroDisplays/projectors (MIT AI Lab & MicroDisplay), optimal data delivery over constrained wireless networks (Idetic), high performance video transcoding and delivery over heterogeneous networks (MobiTV), and large-scale distributed media service virtualization (TaDa Innovations).

A concluding 'Question and Answer session' may also include discussion of technology entrepreneurship, innovation commercialization, and University technology spin-out/start-up & finance lessons learned.

Bio:
Dr. Alvelda is the founding Chairman of The Westminster Institute for Science Education [WISE, http://wiseteachers.org], a 501C3 that helps schools extend STEM education with an emphasis on technical design, creativity, and innovation, and the founding CEO of TaDa Innovations, Inc., a tech/media/SaaS startup delivering live TV and voice service over broadband networks.

Prior to TaDa and WISE, Dr. Alvelda was the founding CEO of MobiTV, the world's leading provider of live TV, VoD & music over mobile networks. MobiTV launched the world's first live television experience over mobile networks. MobiTV's service has grown since its launch in 2003 to over 18M subscribers across all the major US, Canada, UK, & Latin American mobile nets, making MobiTV the 3rd largest television distributor in the United States.

Dr. Alvelda has been awarded a Technical Emmy by the Academy of Motion Pictures, was selected by Fast Company as the US's 15th most influential high-tech entrepreneur, and has received numerous other industry leadership awards from AlwaysOn, CNET, Fierce, Frost & Sullivan, Mobile Entertainment (One of the top 20 most influential New Media Executives), Red Herring and other influencers for innovation and market leadership. He is a regular invited speaker at media, telecom, and education industry events including at the World Economic Forum where he was chosen as a "Technology Pioneer" in 2007.

Prior to MobiTV, Dr. Alvelda founded The MicroDisplay Corporation, a manufacturer of high-res miniature displays for low cost high definition TVs and virtual reality displays. Prior to MicroDisplay, Dr. Alvelda was a developer of spacecraft hardware and software systems, and new neural computing architectures and systems at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory where he designed and built sensors that flew on the Space Shuttle as well as the Galileo and Magellan interplanetary spacecraft.

Dr. Alvelda sits on the board of Education Superhighway (a 501C3 dedicated to a providing a Gigabit of broadband for all public schools in the US, and the policy driver behind the White House's Connected Education Initiative ), Schoolzilla (Big Data Analytics for school, teacher, and student performance management developed at the Aspire Charter Schools), and Underground Labs (The New York Rock Exchange). Dr. Alvelda holds over 30 patents and patents-pending on a wide range of technologies, a technical Emmy Award, a Bachelor's degree in Physics from Cornell University, and Masters and PhD degrees in Computer Science and Electrical Engineering from MIT.

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