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Nathan Copeland

Research Participant

In August 2022, Nathan Copeland will surpass his friend Ian Burkhart, and become the world’s longest chronically implanted BCI user. After a 2004 car accident, Nathan was paralyzed from the chest down and is now an active participant in BCI research at the University of Pittsburgh. Nathan is the first human to have electrode arrays implanted in the sensory cortex, which enables him to sense touch via robotic prosthetics, and he is also the first person to fist bump a U.S. President with a BCI-controlled robotic arm. Nathan is a neurotechnology consultant and is also a founding member of the BCI Pioneers Coalition.

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Events featuring Nathan Copeland
Events featuring Nathan Copeland