California Institute of Technology
A Postdoctoral Scholar in Biological Engineering at Caltech, Sumner L. Norman is developing new brain-machine interface technology to enable more people to power computers and prosthetic limbs with only their mind.
As an NSF Graduate Research Fellow at UC Irvine, Sumner’s goal was to restore function to paralyzed limbs for people who had suffered a stroke. To this end, he leveraged brain-machine interface technology to awaken new pathways in the brain. Now, he is developing a new ultrasound-based technology to enable minimally invasive, high-speed brain-machine communication.
Sumner has been awarded the NSF GRFP, the ARCS Scholar Award, and the UC Public Impact Fellowship. He has been active in state and federal government advocacy for science and education funding, and served as an editor and writer for the Journal of Neural Engineering and Rehabilitation and the NPR program “The Loh Down on Science”.
Wednesday, October 21, 2020
12:45 PM – 2:00 PM EST