The proposal initiates a new, innovative training program in Computational Neural Engineering at Georgia Tech
and Emory University to train the next generation of researchers at the intersection of computational
neuroscience, data science, and clinical neurophysiology. It addresses the opportunities provided by the
explosion of tools for measurement and manipulation of nervous system function and the challenges posed by
the growing threat of neurological diseases and disorders on an expanding senior population. The program
leverages past successes in federally-funded training efforts that have helped to catalyze rapid and recent growth
in research and education in Computational Neural Engineering across Emory and Georgia.
Early exposure to the intersection of fields is critical to the program mission. Interdisciplinary training in the first
two years of the PhD program will provide trainees with unique opportunities for training across axes that span
basic to clinical neuroscience, and from neural engineering to computational neuroscience, data science, and
machine learning. Two graduate students per will be recruited from the applicant pools for the Biomedical
Engineering (GT and Emory), Bioengineering (GT), Electrical and Computer Engineering (GT), and Machine
Learning PhD programs, which collectively enroll over 200 PhD students per year. None of the participating
programs offer research rotations or funding in the first year of graduate school. We will support a total of four
students per year over a five-year period, providing two years of support for two entering students per year.
funding such support will help attract the highest quality students to the program, and offer trainees the unique
opportunity to rotate through research labs and establish new collaborative research projects. In our prior training
experience, such interactions have led to new collaborations funded through fellowships and new research
Didactic training will complement core training in each PhD program with existing and new courses in
computational neuroscience, neuropathology and neuroengineering, and a new course providing students with
an immersive clinical experience at the Emory Brain Health Center. Extracurricular training includes Innovation
Forums for clinician/engineering interactions, and a wide variety of seminars, methods clinics, and journal clubs.
Trainees will also be provided with professional development for this new generation of researchers, including
training in leadership, mentorship, neuroethics, and public scholarship. Trainees will also learn the growing
industry in neural engineering, and will have opportunities for internships. Importantly, with solid preliminary
evidence for the success in all of these ventures, this program targets an imperative area for growth.