Donders AI for Neurotech Lab

The Donders AI for Neurotech Lab is working on the development of the next generation of AI-driven neurotechnologies. The lab is a collaboration between the Donders Institute for Brain, Cognition and Behaviour, Radboud University, Phosphoenix, Advanced Bionics, Oneplanet Research Center and Abbott.

The aim of the AI for Neurotech lab is to develop machine learning solutions for brain reading and writing that restore sensory and cognitive function (vision in the blind, audition in the deaf, seizure suppression in epilepsy, as well as communication and control in the paralyzed). AI techniques are combined with neural implants to restore these functions. The researchers already have prototype solutions in place as well access to patient populations with these implants.

The motivation behind the lab is the apparent need for improving the quality of available neurotech solutions and in turn improving the life of patients who rely on neurotech solutions to overcome or ease their disabilities. Recent developments in multiple different disciplines are offering a prospect of large strides in neurotechnology. The AI solutions of this lab will open up important new areas of business and be of major importance to existing neurotech companies.

The Donders Neurotech Lab will be hosted in the newly built Maria Montessoribuilding which hosts Nijmegen’s AI department.

Read more on Donders AI for Neurotech Lab on the lab’s own website.

Research Topics

Cortical implants for vision restoration using machine learning methods

Improvement of ML-based signal processing methods used in cochlear implants

Decoding of cognitive states

Decoding of motor movements for restoration of communication and control

Scientific Director

Marcel van Gerven

Marcel van Gerven is a professor of artificial cognitive systems and head of the AI department at Radboud University.

Lab Manager

Yagmur Gucluturk

Yagmur Gucluturk is an assistent professor of artificial intelligence at Donders Institute for Brain, Cognition and Behaviour.

Partners

Abbott creates breakthrough producs – in diagnostics, medical devices, nutrition and branded generic pharmaceuticals – to improve lifestyle. Based in The Netherlands, the company serves more than 160 countries.
Advanced Bionics is a global leader in the development of advanced cochlear implants. The company develops cochlear implant technology that restores hearing tot those with sever-to-profound hearing loss. It is headquartered in Zwitzerland, with offices worldwide.
Donders Institute for Brain, Cognition and Behaviour at Radboud University is a research centre devoted to understanding human cognition and behavior in health and disease. Hundreds of international researchers aim at the advancement of brain-, cognitive and behavorial science and improving health, education and technology.
OnePlanet Research Center is a multidisciplinary collaboration between the R&D center for nano- and digital technology imec, Radboud University, Radboudumc and Wageningen University and Research. The center develops feasible and manufacurable solutions at the cross-over between nutrition, health, agriculture, environmental science and high-tech.
Phosphoenix is a Dutch startup which aims to restore vision in the blind through advanced neurotechnologies. Their goal is to provide profoundly blind people with artificial vision via an implant in the visual cortex, allowing them to recognise objects, navigate more independently and enjoy enhanced quality of life.