This 10-week KEEN-sponsored program is designed to offer practical “hands-on” innovation and entrepreneurial training, based on the Engineering Grand Challenge to “Reverse-engineer the Brain”, providing freshman students with the necessary skills to acquire and analyze neurofeedback data. By using “hands-on” exercises, including the actual design development and implementation of neurofeedback systems, students will learn to use a systematic approach to surveying assessment and testing of neurofeedback electroencephalogram (EEG) data. In addition, students will gain knowledge of developing business models, commercialization, and humanity aspects of a dynamic, modern neurofeedback system. Finally, students will be introduced to challenges faced by the neurofeedback industry, such as cost effectiveness, human capital efficiency, and safe patient acuity. With an emphasis on gainful employment opportunities and entrepreneurial skills, students will learn about institutional and clinical needs for ‘reverse engineering the brain’. As final project, students will use their newly acquired knowledge to create or improve a brain-based EEG system to address some society issues.
A student expo (open to all) will be held at the end of the course for students to present their final projects and pitch their design ideas to a panel of judges. EAU is using a section of IME-100 design lab to pilot Innovation-101 this Fall term.