Making in Science Breakout Session

Future Tech, Now

Tuesday, May 12, 4:30 pm to 5:30 pm in Crescent Room

A panel of Makers will describe their inexpensive devices and techniques to bring neuroscience experimentation to the masses. These would include devices for direct (wired) neural interfaces to experimental models (like Backyard Brains’ SpikerBox), as well as non-invasive interfaces to the human nervous system, such as EEG recording and transcranial stimulation. In the Laboratory for Neuroengineering at Georgia Tech, we have developed a cape for the BeagleBone Black ARM® Cortex™-A8 processor, called “Puggle” ( to allow the citizen-scientist to both record and stimulate neural tissue cheaply and effectively.


Conor Russomanno

CEO and co-founder, OpenBCI
Conor is an artist, an engineer, and everything in between. Conor spends his time thinking about how technology can be used to improve the human experience.


Dr. Ariel Garten

CEO and co-founder, InteraXon
Ariel Garten is the co-founder and CEO of InteraXon, makers of Muse: the brain sensing headband. The award-winning Muse headband senses your brain activity and sends that information to your smartphone or tablet, providing realtime feedback of your brain's activities, moment to moment. Launching in mid-2014, tens of thousands of people are now using Muse to do more with their minds. Ariel studied at the University of Toronto and did research on hippocampal neurogenesis at Toronto’s Krembil Neuroscience Centre. Also is a psychotherapist, a fashion designer whose clothing opened Toronto Fashion Week, and an artist whose work was displayed at the Art Gallery of Ontario, Ariel's unique combination of science and art is integral to the design of every aspect of Muse and to InteraXon’s unique approach to brain sensing technology.


Dr. Greg Gage

Founder, Backyard Brains
Greg Gage is a “DIY neuroscientist” and the CEO and co-founder of Backyard Brains.  Greg has a Ph.D. in neuroscience but he wants to make this degree irrelevant. His goal is to develop tools and technologies to allow advanced neuroscience discoveries to be made by amateurs while allowing teachers from middle school on up to directly explore the brain. Understanding the brain remains a great challenge, both to professional neuroscientists and the general public alike. Twenty percent of the world has a brain disorder, and there are no known cures. Backyard Brain hopes to bring about a neuro-revolution!


Dr. Jamie Tyler

CSO and founder, Thync, Arizona State University
Dr. Tyler has studied brain circuits and plasticity for two decades. He is a subject matter expert on brain stimulation and human performance enhancement. He is an inventor on several issued patents and has more than 30 patents pending in these areas.


Dr. Jon Newman

Postdoctoral Researcher, MIT
Dr. Newman developed several open-source hardware and software tools for electrophysiology and optogenetics, including the Puggle Board cape for BeagleBone Black, and the NeuroRighter suite. He researches memory tagging at MIT.


Dr. Josh Siegle

Scientist 1, Open Ephys, Allen Institute for Brain Science
In addition to his scientific work, Dr. Siegle has been heavily involved in the design and distribution of open-source tools for electrophysiology. He co-founded Open Ephys in order to centralize some of the development efforts occurring across the community.


Dr. Steve Potter

Associate Professor of Biomedical Engineering, Georgia Tech
Prof. Potter is a neuroengineer in the Biomedical Engineering Department at Georgia Tech. His lab makes tools for interfacing neurons to computers, including closed-loop interfaces to cultured networks. He is on a Maker sabbatical for 2015.