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Saturday, March 14 • 5:00pm - 6:00pm
Dr. Brainlove: Interactive Neuroscience Vehicle

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In this session, we will describe the making of Dr. Brainlove, a mobile neuroscience exhibit that interactively displays models of brain activity on a giant (27'x19'x15') climbable brain. After its debut at Burning Man 2014, Dr. Brainlove will travel to science festivals in the Bay Area. The steel mesh brain of Dr. Brainlove is covered in programmable LEDs connected with fiber optic cables that simulate real neural activity and respond interactively to visual, auditory, and EEG inputs. Dr. Brainlove was created by the Phage, a diverse consortium of scientists, engineers, and artists dedicated to science outreach at Burning Man. All the work involved in making Dr. Brainlove was done on a volunteer basis: project management, structural construction, lighting and input processing, sound system, fundraising, marketing, training, and operations. We will describe how the community of diverse experts came together to plan and deliver Dr. Brainlove.

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Natalia Bilenko

PhD Candidate, University of California at Berkeley
Natalia Bilenko is a computational neuroscientist in the process of getting her PhD from University of California, Berkeley. She scans people using MRI and predicts how their brains will respond to movies, speech, and text. She is particularly curious about how we understand and produce... Read More →
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Nicholas Christie

Sr Engineer, Arup
Nicholas has always had a passion for making things. As a twelve year old he made an electric guitar (though he could never play it) and in high school took up sewing and then built a sports car from scratch. He’s dabbled in jewelry making, wood carving and joinery and these days... Read More →
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Asako Miyakawa

PhD Candidate, University of California at Berkeley
Asako Miyakawa is a UC Berkeley educated neuroscientist orchestrating all the moving parts of the Dr. Brainlove project. She is passionate about mixing art, science, and media beyond known boundaries and bringing a radically new concept art car to Burning Man and beyond.

Sean Stevens

Co-Founder, Sustainable Magic

Saturday March 14, 2015 5:00pm - 6:00pm
JW Marriott Salon 2 110 E 2nd St

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