DARPA NESD Proposers Day
Program Description

The Biological Technologies Office [BTO] of the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency [DARPA] is sponsoring a Proposers Day for the potential proposer community in response to a Broad Agency Announcement [BAA] for the Neural Engineering System Design Program. The two day Proposers Day will include program overview and technical presentations, teaming sessions, and a poster/demo session where participants and Industry Group participates will be provided an opportunity to present their capabilities and research. 

Proposers Day Objectives

  • Introduce the Neural Engineering System Design program vision and goals.
  • Facilitate interaction, collaboration, and teaming throughout the investigator and industry group communities.
  • Introduce the new NESD Industry Group and call for development, prototyping, fabrication, and clinical testing support.

The Proposers Day will be held on February 2–3, 2016 at the Westin Gateway Hotel, 801 N. Glebe Road, Arlington, VA 22203. Advance registration is required. 

NESD Program Description 

DARPA's Neural Engineering System Design Program [NESD] seeks to design, build, demonstrate, and validate in animal and human subjects a neural interface system capable of recording form more than one million neurons, stimulating more than one hundred thousand neuron, and performing continuous, simultaneous full-duplex (read and write) interaction with at least one thousand neurons in regions of the human sensory cortex. In addition to achieving substantial advances in scale of interface (independent channel count), proposed systems must also demonstrate simultaneous high-precision in neural activity detection, transduction, and encoding, with a single-neuron spike-train precision for each independent channel.

   Tuesday, February 2, 2016
  7:00 am – 8:00 am Registration and Continental Breakfast
CDE - F. Scott Fitzgerald Ballroom
  8:00 am – 8:15 am Introduction to DARPA / BTO
Justin Sanchez, PhD, Acting Deputy Director, DARPA/BTO
  8:15 am – 9:00 am NESD Program Overview
Phillip Alvelda, PhD, Program Manager, DARPA/BTO
  9:00 am – 9:15 am Doing Business with DARPA 
Michael Mutty, DARPA/CMO
  9:15 am – 9:45 am Regulatory
Allison Kumar, PhD, FDA
Kip Ludwig, PhD, Mayo Clinic
  9:45 am – 10:00 am Break
  10:00 am – 11:00 am Complete Neural Interface Systems
Arto Nurmikko PhD & David Borton PhD, Brown University
Serge Picaud, PhD, Institute de la vision
  11:00 am – 11:45 pm Sensory Cortex Interfaces
Brian Pasley, PhD, University of California, Berkeley
Stephen Macknik, PhD, State University of New York

Hamutal Slovin, PhD, Bar-Ilan University
  12:00 pm – 1:00 pm Working Lunch / Industry Consortium Overview and Teaming Guidance
Dr. Phillip Alvelda - DARPA/BTO
  1:00 pm – 3:00 pm Scalable Neural Transducers
Ken Shepard, PhD, Columbia University
Matt Angle, PhD, Paradromics
Timothy Gardner, PhD, Boston University
Timothy Ford, PhD, Harvard University
David Stork, PhD, Rambus
Shy Shoham, PhD, The Technion I.I.T.
Adam Packer, PhD, University of College London
Mark Schnitzer, PhD, Stanford University
  3:00 pm – 3:20 pm Packaging and Testing
Javier Garay, PhD, University of California, San Diego
  3:20 pm – 3:40 pm Complete Neural Interface Systems Cont.
Rob Shepherd, PhD, Bionics Institute
  3:40 pm – 4:00 pm Break & Poster Set Up
  4:00 pm – 6:00 pm Poster Session / Teaming Sidebars / Networking Reception 
F. Scott Fitzgerald Ballroom
  6:00 pm – 6:30 pm PM Q&A, Dr. Phillip Alvelda
  6:30 pm Adjourn
   Wednesday, February 3, 2016
  8:00 am – 8:30 am Registration and Continental Breakfast
ABC - F. Scott Fitzgerald Ballroom
  8:30 am – 9:00 am Clinical Ethics and Legal & Societal Impact
James Giordano, PhD, Georgetown University Medical Center
  9:00 am – 10:00 am Industry Speakers
Karim Arabi, PhD, Qualcomm
Barun Dutta, PhD, IMEC

  10:00 am – 10:15 am Break
  10:15 am – 12:00 pm Industry Speakers
Heather Orser, PhD, Medtronic
Hemant Bokil, PhD, Boston Scientific
Guillaume Charvet, PhD & Madjid Hihi, PhD, CEA Leti
Heather Dunn, PhD, Cirtec
  12:00 pm – 1:00 pm Working Lunch / Open Discussion
  1:00 pm – 3:00 pm Teaming Sidebars Continued
  3:00 pm Adjourn

Proposers Day Speakers

Matt Angle
Matt Angle, PhD a link to Matt Angle's bio
Guillaume Charvet
Guillaume Charvet a link to Guillaume Charvet's bio
CEA/LETI/CLINATECin Grenoble (France)

Heather Dunn
Heather Dunn a link to Heather Dunn's bio
Cirtec Medical

Barun Dutta
Barun Dutta a link to Barun Dutta's bio

Javier Garay, PhD
Javier Garay, PhD a link to Javier Garay's bio
University of California, San Diego

Timothy J. Gardner, PhD
Timothy J. Gardner, PhD a link to Timothy Gardner's bio
Boston University

Tim Ford, PhD
Tim Ford, PhD a link to Tim Ford's bio
Massachusetts General Hospital

James Giordano
James Giordano, PhD a link to James Giordano's bio
Georgetown University Medical Center

Madjid Hihi, PhD
Madjid Hihi, PhD a link to Madjid Hihi's bio
CLINATEC in Grenoble (France)

Kip Ludwig, PhD
Kip Ludwig, PhD a link to Kip Ludwig's bio
Mayo Clinic

Stephen L. Macknik, PhD
Stephen L. Macknik, PhD a link to Stephen MacKnik's bio
SUNY Downstate Medical Center

Adam Packer, PhD
Adam Packer, PhD a link to Adam Packer's bio
University College London

Brian Pasley, PhD
Brian Pasley, PhD a link to Brian Pasley's bio
University of California, Berkeley

Mark Schnitzer
Mark Schnitzer a link to Mark Schnitzer's bio
Stanford University and Inscopix, Inc.

Kenneth L. Shepard, PhD
Kenneth L. Shepard, PhD a link to Kenneth Shepard's bio
Ferric, Inc.

Rob Shepherd, BSc, DipEd, PhD
Rob Shepherd, PhD a link to Rob Shepherd's bio
The Bionics Institute & University of Melbourne

Shy Shoham, PhD
Shy Shoham, PhD a link to Shy Shoham's bio
Technion - Israel Institute of Technology and a Visiting Professor at NYU Neuroscience Institute
Hamutal Slovin, PhD
Hamutal Slovin, PhD a link to Hamutal Slovin's bio
Laboratory for Neural Imaging

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Hotel Room Block
801 North Glebe Road
Arlington, VA 22203

Block Name: DARPA NESD
Room Rate: $179 (per diem) plus tax
Deadline: January 25, 2016 at 5:00 PM ET
Phone Reservations: 1-888-627-7076