José del R. Millán

José del R. Millán

José del R. Millán, PhD, holds the Defitech Foundation Chair in Brain-Machine Interface and is an Associate Professor at the Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL). Dr. Millán joined EPFL in 2009 to help establish the Center for Neuroprosthetics. He received a PhD in computer science from the Technical University of Catalonia, Barcelona, in 1992. Previously, he was a research scientist at the Joint Research Centre of the European Commission in Ispra (Italy) and a senior researcher at the Idiap Research Institute in Martigny (Switzerland). He has also been a visiting scholar at the Universities of Berkeley and Stanford as well as at the International Computer Science Institute in Berkeley. Dr. Millán has made several seminal contributions to the field of brain-machine interfaces (BMI), especially based on electroencephalogram (EEG) signals. Most of his achievements revolve around the design of brain-controlled robots. He has received several recognitions for these seminal and pioneering achievements, notably the IEEE-SMC Nobert Wiener Award in 2011 and elevation to IEEE Fellow in 2017. During the last years Dr. Millán is prioritizing the translation of BMI to end-users suffering from motor disabilities. As an example of this endeavour, his team won the first Cybathlon BMI race in October 2016. Together with his team, he is also designing BMI technology to offer new interaction modalities for able-bodied people.


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