While researchers have decoded brain signals to control robotic limbs, progress remains limited until adequate sensory feedback can be returned directly to the brain. This project will demonstrate how to deliver the missing feedback by hacking into a sensory brain region and create conscious perceptions as if they come naturally from the body. Using sophisticated artificial intelligence/machine learning approaches, we will electrically stimulate brain regions with complex patterns to tailor desired sensory perceptions. New knowledge generated will lead to technologies capable of connecting our brains to machine sensors and/or body sensors which could restore sensory feedback to sufferers of spinal cord injury.
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