On the convergence of neuroscience and electronic engineering
To understand the brain you need electronic engineers too (The Conversation):
“Electronic engineers are emerging as important contributors to understanding of the workings of the human brain.
There is a rapidly growing intersection between electronic engineering and neuroscience. As a relatively new angle of attack, this kind of research could lead to breakthroughs in medical treatments of brain disorders and artificial intelligence technology. Why is this?
Neuroscientists measure the brain’s electrical activity using technologies such as Functional Magnetic Resonance Imaging (fMRI), Electroencephalography (EEG) and electrical probes.
But what these kinds of measurements don’t tell us is how brain cells (neurons) work together to enable complex functions such as movement, intelligence and emotions. This is where computational neuroscience comes in…
Research on electronic “medical bionics” for brain disorders ranging from vision loss, to epilepsy treatment, to Parkinson’s disease to Alzheimer’s disease is also underway.”