Special Report: IEEE Brain

18 November 2016

How the human brain functions remains a mystery, despite advances in neuroscience. Nevertheless, many experts—in IEEE and elsewhere—say technology is the key to new treatments for brain-related disorders. In this special report, The Institute reports on the work by IEEE Brain and its work to advance worldwide efforts in research and technology through workshops, standards, and collaboration with industry, governments, and academia.

We also report on an implantable device called an electroceutical, which someday will be able to treat patients with chronic diseases with targeted treatments by adjusting the electrical signals emitted by the nervous system. We also profile the work of IEEE Fellow Jan Rabaey, who is building the first wireless, dust-particle-sized sensors called neural dust motes that could eventually be implanted in the human body to monitor nerves, muscles, and organs. And we feature Braiq, the startup launched by IEEE Fellow Paul Sajda, which is developing an emotional intelligence software program for autonomous cars.

When it comes to learning about what’s going on in brain research, IEEE has a number of products and services, conferences, and standards focused on the latest technologies.

Feature Articles


Engineering Brains to be Healthier

The IEEE Brain Initiative is helping to advance research in neurological disorders


The Future of Medicine Might Be Bioelectronic Implants

Google Cardboard and Microsoft Hololens are being used as teaching and study aids


Sensor Implants for Everywhere in the Body

IEEE Fellow works on electronics to monitor nerves, muscles, and organs


Upcoming Conferences Take a Closer Look at the Brain

Events delve into brain-machine interfaces, neural prosthetics, and cognitive neural engineering


IEEE Standards Related to the Brain

They cover brain-computer interfaces, medical devices, and 3-D displays


Keeping Up On the Latest Technology for the Brain

A Web portal and publications can help members stay informed