Sheila Nirenberg

What if robots could process visual information the way humans do?

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About Sheila Nirenberg

Sheila Nirenberg is a professor of neuroscience at the Weill Medical College of Cornell University and the founder of two start-up companies – Bionic Sight LLC, which develops new visual prostheses, and Nirenberg Neuroscience LLC, which develops new kinds of smart robots. Her lab at the university focuses on the basic science of visual processing, and her companies take what’s learned in the lab and use it to develop solutions to real world problems. She’s won numerous awards for innovative research, including a MacArthur Genius Award. Her work on cracking the neural code of the retina has been featured in a TED talk, a BBC documentary, a PBS documentary, the Discovery Channel, Scientific American, and many others. 

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Sheila Nirenberg, Professor of Neuroscience at the Weill Medical College of Cornell University and founder of two startup companies – Bionic Sight LLC and Nirenberg Neuroscience LLC – explains the science behind a new kind of smart robot that she’s creating, drawing on the basic science of visual processing.

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