Thanks for taking the time to find this blog amidst everything out there on the net. I will be the first to admit that there are definitely more interesting things out there, but hopefully we can all learn something new together.

The Neural Engineer is just your average graduate student. My work focuses on decoding correlates (whatever that means) between human brain waves and natural behaviors recorded during that time (whatever that means). In the few years spent pursuing a PhD in Electrical Engineering, I have built a multi-modal recording system, convinced some hospitals to run my system alongside their brain monitors (EEG and ECoG), and now have real, actual, factual data. Coming in are hours and hours of video+depth+audio alongside hundreds of electrode channels in and across the brain. These are some big data sets to analyze, and I am also developing processing techniques and tools to make sense of it all. My hope is to share this work with all of you, so now is a good time to start writing about the work I am producing.

That means you can expect the following topics in this blog:

  • Basic Neuroscience that motivates decoding
  • Lessons from the hospital (epilepsy units, mostly)
  • Neural decoding techniques
  • Big-data analysis techniques
  • Programming notes in Python / MATLAB / C++
  • Summaries of research references and work

Reconstruction of ECoG coverage across right hemisphere of human cortex
Camera space point projection of Kinect v2 recording

It would be really nice to share the data behind my work as well, but that's something for future me to deal with.


Paolo Gabriel is a graduate student at University of California, San Diego. He is obtaining his PhD by conducting research with the Translational Neuroengineering Lab.