Prof Francisco Sepulveda
Francisco Sepulveda is a full Professor of Neural Engineering and Intelligent Systems. He was the coordinator for 10 years and a co-Founder of the Essex BCI group. He has been involved in efforts that have secured c£2.5million in external funds from the UK’s Research Councils, HEFCE, and MTHR, including receiving an EPSRC First Grant for early career researchers. Since 2004, the Essex BCI-NE group has become the largest in the UK and has attracted more funding than all other UK-based BCI groups combined. Prior to joining the University in 2002, Dr. Sepulveda was an Assistant Professor of Biomedical Engineering at Aalborg University, Denmark, where he was involved in projects on the use of implanted cuff electrodes for the extraction of afferent signals related to joint angles and foot pressure, and in pattern recognition applied to implanted EMG for control of hand prostheses. He received his PhD Summa Cum Laude in Biomedical Engineering from the University of Campinas, Brazil (with a fellowship at the Bioengineering Unit, University of Strathclyde, UK) in 1996, an MSc (with Distinction) in Bioengineering from Clemson University (USA) in 1990, and a BSc in Nuclear Engineering from the University of California, Santa Barbara, in 1988, having received the ‘The Outstanding Student’ award at graduation. His PhD was on the development of an artificial neural controller for FES-generated gait in individuals with spinal cord injury, which gave him the best paper award at the World Congress on Medical Physics and Biomedical Engineering in 1994. In the UK, he has been very active in public dissemination of science, with many appearances in the media and public venue. Dr. Sepulveda has more than 160 peer reviewed publications (>120 in neural engineering), is a member of the Peer Review College of the EPSRC and of the editorial board of Frontiers in Human Neuroscience.