IEEE & The BRAIN Initiative
Institute of Electrical Electronic Engineers (IEEE) is the world’s largest technical professional organization dedicated to advancing technology for the benefit of humanity. IEEE has 39 Societies that provide benefits to members within specialized fields of interest (e.g., communications, magnetics, and power). IEEE also has 7 Technical Councils which consist of groups of Societies working together in broad areas of technology. IEEE Societies and Technical Councils produce over 180 publications and sponsor, co-sponsor, and technically sponsor over 1,900 conferences each year round the world.
IEEE also develops Technical Communities around particular technology challenges or cutting-edge subject areas. The IEEE Brain Initiative was formed in the fall of 2015 to create a technical community to facilitate cross-disciplinary collaboration and coordination to advance research, standardization, and development of engineering and technology to improve our understanding of the brain to treat diseases and to improve human condition. As an IEEE-wide effort, the IEEE Brain Initiative unites engineering and computing expertise across IEEE Societies and Councils relevant to neuroscience, and provides an avenue for IEEE to work with multiple constituencies in academia, industry and government to incubate and sponsor new activities, projects, and standards that facilitate bringing neurotechnology to market in an ethical and responsible manner.
IEEE is not a funding agency. IEEE provides benefits and resources to the community through publications,conferences, standards, education, competitions, and networking. Below are some activities and resources by IEEE Brain that might be of interest to the brain community:
- IEEE Brain Initiative Workshop on Advanced NeuroTechnologies
- Neurotechnologies for Brain-Machine Interfacing Industry Connections Group
- IEEE Brain Podcast Series
- Online IEEE Brain Newsletter, BrainInsight
- IEEE Brain Webinars and eLearning Modules
- IEEE Brain Talks, Q&A with experts