John Simeral, PhD
Assistant Professor (Research), Engineering
Biomedical Engineer, VA RR&D Center for Neurorestoration and Neurotechnology, Rehabilitation R&D Service
Providence VA Medical Center
Dr. Simeral is a leading authority on neural interface systems research and development with degrees in electrical engineering and neuroscience. He is an Assistant Professor of Research in the School of Engineering at Brown University and a Biomedical Engineer with the Department of Veterans Affairs Rehabilitation R&D Service, Providence VA Medical Center. His research focuses on the development and evaluation of innovative hardware and software systems for the real-time interpretation of the brain’s electrical signals in assistive and diagnostic applications. As Chief Systems Engineer for the BrainGate2 Neural Interface System project and clinical trial, his work aims to leverage state-of-the-art advances in computer science, machine learning, and neuroscience toward the neural control of computers and next-generation prosthetic arms and hands. Dr. Simeral’s research has been published in leading scientific journals such as Nature, the Journal of Neuroscience, Hippocampus, and the Journal of Neuroengineering, and has been presented at scientific conferences ranging from ‘The Conference on Quantum Electronics and Laser Science’ in San Jose, CA to ‘The European Future Technologies Conference’ in Budapest, Hungary. Teaching contributions range from a Microelectronic System Design course at U.C. San Diego to a gross neuroanatomy series for first-year medical students at the Brown Medical School. Dr. Simeral’s former experience includes nearly a decade in industry developing high-performance VLSI microprocessors and massively parallel computer systems for NCR, Teradata, and AT&T. He is a Senior Member of the IEEE and holds patents for a high-speed microelectronics circuit design. Dr. Simeral received a Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering from Stanford in 1985, a Master of Science in Electrical & Computer Engineering from the University of Texas at Austin in 1989, and the Ph.D. in Neuroscience from the Wake Forest School of Medicine in 2003.