Advisory Board

Professor Jose M. Carmena

Jose M. Carmena, Ph.D. is Associate Professor of Electrical Engineering and Neuroscience at the University of California-Berkeley, and Co-Director of the Center for Neural Engineering and Prostheses at UC Berkeley and UCSF.
His research program in neural engineering and systems neuroscience is aimed at understanding the neural basis of sensorimotor learning and control, and at building the science and engineering base that will allow the creation of reliable neuroprosthetic systems for the severely disabled.
Jose is senior member of the IEEE (RA, SMC and EMB societies), Society for Neuroscience, and the Neural Control of Movement Society. He has been the recipient of the UC Berkeley Bakar Fellowship (2012), the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society Early Career Achievement Award (2011), the Aspen Brain Forum Prize in Neurotechnology (2010), the National Science Foundation CAREER Award (2010), the Alfred P. Sloan Research Fellowship (2009), the Okawa Foundation Research Grant Award (2007), the UC Berkeley Hellman Faculty Award (2007), and the Christopher Reeve Paralysis Foundation Postdoctoral Fellowship (2003).
He coauthored Learning to Control a Brain–Machine Interface for Reaching and Grasping by Primates, Chronic, multisite, multielectrode recordings in macaque monkeys, Cortical Ensemble Adaptation to Represent Velocity of an Artificial Actuator Controlled by a Brain–Machine Interface, Emergence of a Stable Cortical Map for Neuroprosthetic Control, Stable Ensemble Performance with Single-Neuron Variability during Reaching Movements in Primates, and Ascertaining the Importance of Neurons to Develop Better Brain–Machine Interfaces.
Jose earned his B.S. and M.S. degrees in electrical engineering from the Polytechnic University of Valencia (Spain) in 1995 and the University of Valencia (Spain) in 1997. Following those he earned his M.S. degree in artificial intelligence and his Ph.D. degree in robotics both from the University of Edinburgh (Scotland, UK) in 1998 and 2002 respectively. From 2002 to 2005 he was a Postdoctoral Fellow at the Department of Neurobiology and the Center for Neuroengineering at Duke University (Durham, NC, USA).
Watch Neural Prosthesis Seminar — Jose M. Carmena, PhD and Panelist: EECS and Cognitive Sciences, UC Berkeley. Read Dr Jose Carmena’s Rat Study Opens Door to More Natural-Feeling Neuroprosthetics.