“The many challenges facing our society urge us to rethink technology and be guided by the efficiency and resilience of biological systems,” says Verschure. “My mission at the Donders Institute for Brain, Cognition and Behaviour is to build a new programme in Neuroengineering with the aim of generating advanced technologies from, with, and for the brain and scaling them up through collaborations with the many outstanding scientists in the Donders/Radboud environment and externally.”
Paul Verschure appointed as professor of Neuroengineering
Paul Verschure has been appointed as professor of Neuroengineering at Radboud University’s Faculty of Science with effect from 15 March 2022. Verschure's research focuses on understanding the mind and the brain in order to then translate this understanding into sustainable applications for promoting the human condition. Verschure uses knowledge from brain theory, detailed mathematical models, robots, and empirical and clinical research.
About Paul Verschure
Paul VerschurePaul Verschure (Hilversum, 1962) studied psychology at the University of Amsterdam. He graduated in 1988 and received his PhD from the University of Zurich with his PhD thesis “The self-organization of adaptive behaviour”.
Verschure joined Rolf Pfeifer's AI Lab at the University of Zurich in 1991 and Nobel Prize winner Gerald Edelman at the Neurosciences Institute in La Jolla in 1993. He then joined Terry Sejnowski's computational neuroscience laboratory at the Salk Institute. Verschure joined the Institute of Neuroinformatics at ETH Zurich in 1996, where he founded his own research group specs-lab.com. He was appointed professor at the Catalan Institute of Advanced Studies of Pompeu Fabra University in 2006.
Verschure has given more than two hundred guest lectures at schools and conferences in the past ten years. He has also been chipping away at the boundary between science and society by organising various exhibitions. During his career, Verschure won several prestigious awards, including the 2014 European Research Council Advanced Grant, the 2022 European Innovation Council Award, and the 2015 Universitat Pompeu Fabra Obra Social prize for the social impact of research results.
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