Synthetic, Perceptive, Emotive and Cognitive Systems Lab

“SPECS uses synthetic methods to study and synthesize the neuronal, psychological and behavioural principles underlying perception, emotion, cognition, and action.”

Prof. Paul Verschure’s runs the Synthetic Perceptive, Emotive, and Cognitive Systems (SPECS) Laboratory (https://specs-lab.com/) and his scientific aim is to find a unified theory of mind and brain using synthetic and empirical methods and to apply it to quality of life-enhancing technologies. His Distributed Adaptive Control (DAC) theory has shed light on the function of several brain structures, is used to control advanced mobile and humanoid robotic systems, and has laid the foundation for a novel neurorehabilitation approach called the Rehabilitation Gaming System (http://specs-lab.com/portfolio-items/neuro-rehabilitation/?portfolioCats=14). Paul explores new methods for the simulation, visualization, and exploration of complex data to support his DAC theory and advance clinical diagnostics and intervention in neuropathologies such as stroke and epilepsy (http://www.brainx3.com/).

He is currently building up the Neuroengineering program at the Faculty of Science and Technology at Radboud University. This is linked to a larger European University Alliance initiative to build a University of Brain and Technology, NeuroetchEU.

Paul Verschure is the founder of Eodyne Systems S.L. (https://www.eodyne.com/) and Sapiens5 Holding B.V. (https://www.sapiens5.ai), commercializing new science-grounded neurorehabilitation and cultural heritage technologies. The Founder/Chairman of the Future Memory Foundation (futurememoryfoundation.org), which aims at supporting the development of new tools and paradigms for the conservation, presentation, and education of the history of the Holocaust and Nazi crimes. Paul is the Founder/Chairman of the Convergent Science Network Foundation, which supports the development of new science and technology platforms to advance the domains of neurotechnology and neuroengineering to advance the human condition.

Complementary to his science, Paul has developed and deployed over 35 art installations (http://specs-lab.com/what_we_do/#Installations). These include the biomimetic mixed reality space Ada experienced by over half a million visitors (2002) and, more recently, three virtual/augmented reality educational installations and applications for the Memorial Sites Bergen-Belsen (2012-), and Falstad, which is now generalized to other sites across Europe. His most recent installation is now on permanent exhibition in the entrance hall of the Faculty of Science of Radboud University: The eXperience Induction Machine (https://specs-lab.com/portfolio-items/xim/).

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