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Jose M. Carmena is the Chancellor's 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. Dr. Carmena received the 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 received the M.S. degree in artificial intelligence and the 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). He is Fellow of the IEEE and member of the Society for Neuroscience, and the Neural Control of Movement Society. Dr. Carmena has been the recipient of the McKnight Technological Innovations in Neuroscience Award (2017), 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).


  • 2002, Ph.D., Robotics, University of Edinburgh, Scotland
  • 1998, M.S., Artificial Intelligence, University of Edinburgh, Scotland
  • 1997, M.S., Electrical Engineering, University of Valencia, Spain
  • 1995, B.S., Electrical Engineering, Polytechnic University of Valencia, Spain

Selected Publications

  • M. Shanechi, A. Orsborn, H. Moorman, S. Gowda, S. Dangi, and J. M. Carmena, "Rapid control and feedback rates in the sensorimotor pathway enhance neuroprosthetic control," Nature Communications, Jan. 2017.
  • M. Shanechi, A. Orsborn, and J. M. Carmena, "Robust brain-machine interface design using optimal feedback control modeling and adaptive point process filtering," PLoS Computational Biology, May 2016.
  • D. Seo, R. Neely, K. Shen, S. U, E. Alon, J. M. Rabaey, J. M. Carmena, and M. Maharbiz, "Wireless recording in the peripheral nervous system with ultrasonic neural dust," Neuron, vol. 91, pp. 529-539, April 2016.
  • A. Orsborn, H. Moorman, S. Overduin, M. Shanechi, D. Dimitrov, and J. M. Carmena, "Closed-loop decoder adaptation shapes neural plasticity for skillful neuroprosthetic control," Neuron, vol. 82, pp. 1-14, June 2014.
  • K. Clancy, A. Koralek, R. Costa, D. Feldman, and J. M. Carmena, "Volitional modulation of optically recorded calcium signals during neuroprosthetic learning," Nature Neuroscience, vol. 17, no. 6, pp. 807-810, Feb. 2014.
  • A. Koralek, K. Ganguly, and J. M. Carmena, "Temporally precise cell-specific coherence develops in corticostriatal networks during learning," Neuron, vol. 79, no. 5, pp. 865-87, Oct. 2013.
  • A. Koralek, X. Jin, J. Long, R. Costa, and J. M. Carmena, "Corticostriatal plasticity is necessary for learning intentional neuroprosthetic skills," Nature, vol. 483, no. 7389, pp. 331-335, March 2012.
  • K. Ganguly, D. F. Dimitrov, J. D. Wallis, and J. M. Carmena, "Reversible large-scale modification of cortical networks during neuroprosthetic control," Nature Neuroscience, vol. 14, pp. 662-667, March 2011.
  • R. Canolty, K. Ganguly, S. Kennerley, C. Cadieu, K. Koepsell, J. Wallis, and J. M. Carmena, "Oscillatory phase coupling coordinates anatomically-dispersed functional cell assemblies," PNAS, Sep. 2010.
  • K. Ganguly and J. M. Carmena, "Emergence of a stable cortical map for neuroprosthetic control," PLoS Biology, July 2009.

Awards, Memberships and Fellowships