Dr. Randal Koene is a neuroscientist whose professional efforts have focused on neural interfaces, neural prosthesis, and the functional reconstruction of neural tissue since at least 1994. Koene introduced the multi-disciplinary field of whole brain emulation and is lead architect of the scientific roadmap with which its technological development is promoted. He is a principal member of the University of Oxford working group that convened in 2007, which produced the first roadmap toward whole brain emulation (a term Koene proposed in 2000). In the decade since then, Koene has striven to advocate for the importance of the technology and the science, and identified accelerators for the development of neural interfaces, neural prostheses, and brain emulation.
Recently , Dr. Koene was instrumental in the preparation, launch and early-stage activities of neurotechnology start-up Kernel LLC. He is also founder of non-profit project Neuralink.org, and Massachusetts neural interfaces company Neural Engineering Corp. Dr. Koene is the consulting Science Director of the 2045 Initiative and presently advises several neurotechnology companies and organizations.
Dr. Koene's professional expertise includes computational neuroscience, neural engineering, psychology, information theory, electrical engineering, physics, venture capital due diligence, and enterprise in early-stage technology startups.
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