President Obama to Experience BGU’s Brain Power
March 15, 2013
On his upcoming trip to Israel, President Barack Obama will have the opportunity to learn about some of BGU’s contributions to this start-up nation, particularly in the area of brain research.
At a research and technology showcase at the Israel Museum in Jerusalem on March 21, 2013, President Obama will be shown two brain-focused technologies developed by BGU researchers.
The first BGU project, MinDesktop, developed by undergraduate students under the supervision of Prof. Rami Puzis of the Department of Information Systems Engineering, is a thought-controlled, hands-free computer for the disabled that could enable people to operate a computer without using a keyboard or mouse – only their brainwaves.
The second is a brain activation technology by ElMindA, a start-up company founded by Prof. Amir Geva of BGU’s Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering. The BNA™ platform enables high resolution visualization and evaluation of the human brain.
BNA™ can be applied to analyze a wide spectrum of neurological, psychiatric and physical conditions, including concussions, sports injuries, and central nervous system-related diseases, like Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s.