Neuroethics of Brain-Computer Interfaces

I have been thrilled to take on an active role towards integrating ethical considerations into my neural engineering research. This work has been in collaboration with the Neuroethics group of the Center for Sensorimotor Neural Engineering (CSNE) at UW.

Specific areas of neuroethics that interest me include how to characterize poor performance on brain-computer interfaces and how to subsequently improve training protocols to work for users. More broadly, I am working in collaboration with ethicists to produce guidelines that will guide other engineering and neuroscience research groups in effectively considering ethical implications of their research.

Relevant Publications:

  1. T. Brown, J. Herron, M. C. Thompson, A. Ko, H. J. Chizeck, S. Goering, “Controlling Our Brains – On the Implications of Brain Computer Interface-Triggered Deep Brain Stimulation for Essential Tremor,” Brain Computer Interfaces, 2016.
  2. T. Brown, M. C. Thompson, “When Neuroethicists Become Labmates: Obstacles, Recommendations, and Metrics for Success,” International Neuroethics Society Annual Meeting, November 2016, San Diego, California.
  3. T. Brown, P. Moore, J. Herron, M. Thompson, T. Bonaci, H. J. Chizeck and S. Goering, “Personal Responsibility in the Age of User-Controlled Neuroprosthetics” in IEEE International Symposium on Ethics in Engineering, Science and Technology, May 2016, Vancouver, BC.
  4. P. Moore, T. Brown, J. Herron, M. Thompson, T. Bonaci, S. Goering and H. J. Chizeck, “Personal Responsibility in the Age of User-Controlled Neuroprosthetics” in the Proceedings of 4th Annual Conference on Robotics, Law and Policy, April 2015, Seattle, WA.