EDUCATION

Neuroengineering is arriving at the University of Liege



Engineering students can now choose between two neuro-oriented programs in biomedical and electrical masters.

The brain is the most fascinating organ of our human body. It allows us to see, think, calculate, remember. It coordinates our movements, our breathing and also our emotions.

Engineers are increasingly turning to neurosciences to unravel these mysteries and to use them as inspiration for developing new technologies. This study can be approached in two ways:

  • (1) Using engineering tools to understand the brain and discover how it works, via modeling and imaging.
    The objective is clear: we want to understand the structure, dynamics and mechanisms of the nervous system. To do this, engineers develop mathematical models, equations or simulations that allow them to study the brain. In parallel, engineers develop medical imaging techniques to see and study this organ.

  • (2)  Drawing inspiration from the brain to improve current technologies.
    The brain can be considered as a very fast computer, which is able to process millions of data, to learn and to retain memory. Why not draw inspiration from its power to design more efficient electronic systems? This approach is called neuromorphic engineering.

In practice, the Faculty of Applied Sciences is offering two new options in two different masters programs:

  • Biomedical Civil Engineering 

In addition to the two specializations: Biomechanics, Biomaterials and Tissue Engineering and In-silico Medicine, students will be able to choose  the new program "Neural Systems". Two new courses are available to develop knowledge in neuroscience: Principles of neuroengineering and Advanced topics in systems and control.

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  • Electrical Civil Engineer

In parallel with the Electronics Systems and Devices and Smartgrids majors, the new program Neuromorphic Engineering starts this year. This new branch is marked by the arrival of a new Professor, Mr. Alessio Franci and three new courses such as Principles of neuroengineering, Brain inspired computing and Neuromorphic Signal Processing.

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These new programs will allow students to acquire advanced skills in neuroscience. This field is very popular in industry. Indeed, many companies such as Google DeepMind, Intel, IMEC or IBM are looking for this profile to complete their teams of electronic and computer engineers. Neuroengineering is also recognized worldwide in research. The University of Liege is ready to take up the challenge to increase its knowledge as well as to train new geniuses in this field.

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